Ruth Hartley Mosley was an African-American nurse, embalmer, philanthropist, civil rights leader and socialite located in Macon, GA.She was believed to be one of the first black registered nurses in the Middle Georgia area and one of the first women in the nation to become a licensed embalmer. Mosley also, played an instrumental role within the community, by being involved in several programs to assist women with becoming nurses, obtain their GED diplomas, and receive job training during the Jim Crow era. Today her legacy lives on through her home, which has been converted into a women's center that still provides women with assistance today.
Originally born Ruth Price in 1886, Ruth Hartley Mosley was from Savannah, GA.After obtaining her high school diploma, Mosley decided to become a nurse, which was one of the few career paths available to colored women at the time. She attended nursing seminars in Concord, North Carolina, and completed her clinical training at the Providence Hospital in Chicago. After this, she decided to return back to Georgia where she found employment Georgia State Sanitarium, located in Milledgeville. At the age of 24, Mosley was the head nurse of the Colored Female Department at the Georgia State Sanitarium in 1910. She was the first black woman to achieve that rank.
In 1917, she married Richard Hartley, a Macon, Georgia, businessman.