Essie Davis Morgan (1920 — 1990): Social Worker, Chief, Community Service Section, Social Work Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Mrs. Morgan was a native of Georgia and a graduate of Alabama State College. She received a master’s degree in social work from Atlanta University. After earning her MSW degree at Atlanta University, Morgan joined the staff of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. There she developed a community placement program for psychiatric patients that served as a model for the VA’s psychiatric hospital system. Morgan spent a large part of her career working on programs for spinal injury patients. She transferred to Washington in 1965 and joined the VA’s Washington Central Office, Social Work staff, where she became the Chief, Community Service Section. In this capacity, she provided national leadership and direction in the out-placement of patients into community care settings. She also served as liaison social worker to the Spinal Cord Injury Service. Later, she became the first Chief of a newly created program: Rehabilitation and Staff Development, for the Spinal Cord Injury Service, a program that grew out of her effective work as the liaison social worker.
In recognition of her demonstrated administrative and leadership qualities, the VA Administrator of the Department of Veterans Benefits selected her for the post of Area Field Director, Western Region. She completed her VA career as the Manager, Washington, DC Regional Office. She was the first African-American woman to hold these positions. Among her many awards were the Federal Career Women’s Award from the Civil Service Commission, and the Speedy Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America, an award she prized above all others. Morgan retired for health reasons in 1986 and died of a brain tumor Feb. 27, 1990 at her home in Washington, D.C.
How to Cite this Article (APA Format): Social Welfare History Project (2011). Essie Davis Morgan (1920–1990): Social worker, Chief, Community Service Section, Social Work Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Social Welfare History Project. Retrieved [date accessed] from https://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/people/morgan-essie-d/