- Born in Boston, MA to freed slaves
- Worked as a nurse in the early 19th & 20th centuries
- Started working at the New England hospital for women & children as a teenager. She spent 15 years working there as a cook, a laundress, janitor and nurses aid.
- Attended the nursing at New England hospital and was on the 4 students (out of 42) who finished in 1879
- One of the first women to who registered to vote after the passage of the 19th.
- Mary Eliza Mahoney died at the age of 80 in 1926.
Black from the Past™ is a segment of the Shades of Strong podcast where where we’re preserving and normalizing Black history by shining a light of Black women who have made significant contributions to the Black female culture, but are often forgotten.
[Source: Spring, Kelly. “Mary Mahoney.” National Women’s History Museum. National Women’s History Museum, 2017]
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