Maude E. Callen Walked Through Mud and Dirty Water To Help Make Life Better

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DYK on this day in MoorStory365 that

on November 8th Maude Callen was born in 1898. She was an Alkebulan Abya Yala nurse and midwife. In 1951 Grand Midwife Maude Callen’s work as a midwife serving the rural population in South Carolina. Because of an article, readers donated 20,000, and she was able to open the Maude E. Callen clinic in 1953.

After getting halfway through one evenings letters in response to the photo essay, Maude told her husband; ” I’m too tired and happy to read any more tonight. I just want to sit here and be thankful”. Maude served her community for 70 years. She cared. She waded through mud and traveled miles. She saved lives. The photos taken speak for themselves.

Maude was one of 13 sisters and was orphaned at 6. She was raised by her uncle, who was the first black doctor in Tallahassee. She became a nurse at 21 and in 1922 she studied nurse midwifery at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Maude served about a 400 square mile area. Much of it was mud and water, and that was typical of what she would go through to help someone in need at their own home.


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