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The Black Angels: A Nurse's Story

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

Hailed out of Staten, Island New York at Seaview Hospital

photo: New York Digital Public Library

The Story

The untold story of African American nurses who risked their lives to care for patients with Tuberculosis, when there was no cure, and others refused. This remarkable story is hailed out of Staten Island, New York and vital to the contributions of African American nurses to science, medicine and research.

This documentary gives homage to the journey of those African American nurses who answered a call to a national shortage of nursing, particularly caring for Tuberculosis patients, even if it cost them their own lives.

Seaview Hospital is the landmark for the cure of tuberculosis by Dr. Edward Robitzek, who was born in New York City, and affiliated with the Sea View Hospital for 32 years, until his resignation as director of medical services in 1973.

The Black Angels were professional nurses, and had it not been for their dedication to human life, clinical practice and public health, many more lives might have been lost. In this film we honor, Black Angel, Marjorie Tucker Reed, born in Norfolk, Va. We are honored to share her last interviews before her death on Nov 17, 2018, conversations with her family members, and a life that has paved the way.


The Film

Our debut film, this docudrama is 28 minutes long. It was produced and written by Denetra Hampton and directed by Reid Kerley. The film has toured around the country to libraries, museums and academic institutions such as Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, and Villanova University.

Selected Theaters

The Black Angels has been shown in selected theaters and continues to show periodically.

Cast Panel from( l to r) Jaqueline Claude, Actress, Dr. Dana Hines, Nurse Scientist, Denetra Hampton, Producer, and Reid Kerley, Director of Film.

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