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New Exhibit Featuring Florence Walker at Hamlet Depot and Museums

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New Exhibit Featuring Florence Walker at Hamlet Depot and Museums New Exhibit Featuring Florence Walker at Hamlet Depot and Museums Photograph submitted by Stephanie Thornsbury


HAMLET - Florence Walker was born in Johnston County in 1919.  In 1938, Florence moved to Hamlet to attend the Hamlet Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with her three-year nursing degree in 1941.

Florence met her husband, Robert, during this time, while he was a patient at Hamlet Hospital. He was an employee of the Seaboard AirLine Railroad and had suffered a back injury while working.

In 1941, Florence passed the State Board of Nursing Exam and received her license to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina.

Florence was a later a member of the North Carolina State Nurses’ Association and served on their Board of Directors and was also chairman of many nursing-related committees between 1941 and 1976.

During her time at Hamlet Hospital she was a much requested nurse, by both doctors and patients. Florence was known for her kindness and compassion.

Florence was a private duty nurse from 1941 to 1950, a night supervisor at Hamlet Hospital from 1951 to 1952, and an industrial nurse at Safie Manufacturing Company from 1953 to 1958. From 1957 to 1958 Florence served as the Secretary of the Industrial Section of the N.C. State Nurses Association.

Florence was an active member of the Red Cross until 2000 and the first president of the Hamlet Hospital Alumni Association (organized in 1955). During her time with the Red Cross she worked as a volunteer nurse during WWII and was awarded a pin for her service in 1959. 

Florence was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Ladies Auxiliary of United Transportation Union.

Florence was proud of the things she had done for the area and her fellow community members during her time as a nurse.

Florence’s big "claim to fame" was as an extra during the filming of Billy Bathgate in 1990. The movie was filmed in Hamlet and a majority of Main Street was used during production of the movie.

For more information on Florence or to see the new exhibit, come to the Hamlet Visitor Center located on Main Street.



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