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A selection of photos from the Mercy-Douglass School of Nursing. Mercy-Douglass Hospital was formed in 1948 on the basis of the two hospitals serving a predominantly black patient population in Philadelphia. For more information about this collection, please visit our site at www.nursing.upenn.edu/history
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Poster created for recent Bates Center event honoring the alumni of the Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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In 1895, Dr. Nathan Mossell established the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, the first black hospital in Philadelphia. In 1895, Dr. Mossell The second private black hospital in the city. Dr. Mossell was also one of the most highly educated and qualified surgeons at the turn of the 20th century. Even at the age of 90, the physician spent his final hours continuing to practice medicine."

Dr. Nathan Mossell, Frederick Douglass Hospital

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Nathan Francis Mossell (1856-1946), University of Pennsylvania University Archives

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Mercy Hospital (later Mercy-Douglass) Mercy Hospital was housed in this structure from 1919-1948 and was located in West Philadelphia. A modern nine-story building replaced it in 1955.

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Mercy-Douglass School of Nursing. The Nurses' Homes--The Warlick Building. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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Sketch of the new Mercy-Douglass Hospital by architect Howell Lewis Shay, ca 1958. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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"Not room enough for two, not air enough for one." Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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Mercy Hospital School of Nursing,Class of 1943 Portrait: Mary J. Reynolds, Helen E. Robinson, Hattie M. Johnson, Mabel M. Harmon, Ethel M. Huie, Margie M. Rodman, Minnie K. Reeves, Ruby L. Rose, Rose S. Wilson, Evelyn R. Page, and Anne E. Terrel. Image courtesy of the @nursinghistory.

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Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1924: Rita Miller, RN, Educational Director Mercy-Douglass Hospital; Ethel Davis (Dackett), RN; Inez Sasportas (Bosnett), RN Public Health Nurse; and Senora Robinson (Hosein), RN. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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Civic Exposition of Mercy Hospital and School for Nurses at the Commercial Museum, May 15-June 10, 1916. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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Mercy Hospital Interns, 1929-1930: includes Dr. Minton. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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Mercy Hospital Nursing Staff with Miss Lula G. Warlick at center: Earnestine Eller, Fredericka Jones, Thelma Johnson Smith,Viola Terrell White, Eva Taylor Kinzer Reid, Eleanor Cain, Nora Lloyd Norman, Alberta Martin, Frances Young, Alvie Madison, and Dorthy Maguire (dietician). Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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Mercy Hospital Founding Fathers, including: Dr. Strickland, Dr. James, Dr. Hilton, Dr. Cherry, Dr. Warrick, Dr. Abele, Dr. Boyer, Dr. Minton, Dr. Jackson, Dr. Howard, Dr. Hinson, and Dr. Coates. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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Group of Nurses & Interns, Mercy Hospital, circa 1924, from the Mercy Douglass Hospital Collection. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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