Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March is American Red Cross Month and Women's History Month

Mary Rose Sciarra Bradford, Red Cross volunteer and wife of author Roark Bradford, with son Richard Roark Jr.

In honor of American Red Cross Month and Women's History Month, a new display is in the Historical Center, The American Red Cross and Hometown Women through 1950.
The American Red Cross was founded by a woman, Clara Barton in 1881 and continued to have much of its work and inspiration accomplished by women. American Red Cross nurses went to foreign war fronts or worked domestically as public health and blood drive nurses. “Gray Ladies” provided non-medical services at military, then civilian hospitals. Locally Gray Ladies volunteered the Veterans Hospital and the Defense Blood Center in Shreveport. Some women, such as Kate Carter Edwards of Haughton in 1948 (during decades of Red Cross service) organized in their neighborhoods raising funds for Red Cross disaster relief and a whole host of programs.

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