A Nurse's Story

Seaview Hospital was the largest sanitorium for tuberculosis and it housed over 2000 patients. It became the home of one of the most telling stories in the history of nursing. It became the home of the The Black Angels.


Film Discussion

The Black Angels were 300 African American nurses who took care of patients with tuberculosis when there was no cure and white nurses refused. Hailed out of Staten Island, New York at Seaview Hospital, this film captivates the very essence of courage, honor and heroism.

Seaview hospital was the largest sanitorium for tuberculosis in the 1940's and it held over 2000 patients. It would become the birthplace for the cure of tuberculosis.


This story gives homage to those African American nurses, their contributions to medicine, research and science. We introduce you to Black Angel, Marjorie Tucker Reed and her journey through a time of segregation, and one of the deadliest pandemics in the history of the United States.

Tuberculosis Facts:

  • Caused by the bacteria Myocardium Tuberculi

  • Diagnosed by acid-fast bacili in sputum

  • Mantoux Test is screening for Tuberculosis

  • Nearly 2 billion have been diagnosed worldwide

  • 13th leading cause of death

  • Tuberculosis is a public health crisis

Sources Used. World Health Organization Fact Sheet