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From the Archives

Opened in 1907 by Dr. Eugene Hinson, Mercy Hospital and Nurse Training School was the second institution of its kind in Philadelphia founded by the city’s Black community.

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Mercy Hospital Ambulance, c.1925
Mercy Hospital Ambulance, c.1925

Mercy provided training, employment, and healthcare to individuals regardless of race. Along with Frederick Douglass Hospital (1895), these institutions were both a product of segregation in healthcare, as well as a beacon of hope and a symbol of pride for Black Philadelphia residents. Over the years that Mercy operated, they moved from their original Center City location to 50th and Woodland (in 1919). This Mercy Hospital ambulance would have been a common fixture of life in West Philadelphia during these years, helping to transport sick and injured residents for lifesaving medical and nursing care.

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