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Three who were 'firsts' during desegregation in the Carolinas

March 17, 2009

They were armed with war stories, but also a message for today: Stay involved. Insist on change that will right wrongs. And believe in the Lord.

Sarah Coleman, left, was the first African-American woman hired by a New York City social service agency to interview people who wanted to place their children in foster care, and those who wanted to be foster parents.

Anna Hood, center, was the first African-American woman hired by the Social Security Administration in Charlotte during World War II.

And Thereasea Elder, right, was part of a pilot project in the Mecklenburg County Health Department nursing corps to allow African-American nurses to see and treat white patients.












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