Q. Hi, I am writing an article about Charlotte Rhone, the first African American Registered Nurse in NC and the US. She served as "Matron" at NCCU
I am not entirely certain, but I have found a document regarding the NCCU centennial that mentions "Charlotte S. Rhone, Matron, Nursing Training," as one of 17 members of the faculty that year.
Based on other titles listed in this same document, it would appear that "Matron" means that she was the head of the nursing department, while the equivalent title for men in other departments was "Dean".
I believe therefore that Charlotte S. Rhone was essentially the dean of the nursing school, which would also place her as the highest ranking female member of faculty at that time.
I will, however, forward your request to Andre Vann, our university archivist and historian for further confirmation.
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