People's Free Health Center

ID Number: 33425
Maker: Black Panther Party; Emory Douglas
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1970-06-13
Place Made: United States: California, San Francisco
Measurements: 44.5 cm x 58 cm; 17 1/2 in x 22 13/16 in; 44.5 cm x 29 cm; 17 1/2 in x 11 7/16 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party
Materials: newspaper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
The Black Panther Black Community News Service 25 Cents VOL. IV No. 28 Saturday, June 13, 1970 Published Weekly The Black Panther Party Ministry of Information Box 2967, Custom House San Francisco, CA 94126 People's Free Health Center "The Free Health Center occupies this land illegally according to the law, but we feel that the people's authorization is the only authorization necessary."

Acquisition Number: 1992-045
Production Notes: Front Cover Saturday, June 13, 1970 The Black Panther (newspaper)

Copyright Status:
Copyright status unknown; may be protected by copyright law.

Exhibition Annotation:
The photo features one of the earliest Black Panther Party Free Clinics. The Boston Chapter of the BPP opened the clinic in May 1970. It was named after Frank Lynch, an up-and-coming songwriter/musician who was killed by Boston police in 1968 while a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital. The photo on the cover of the BPP newspaper shows Panther Wayne Thomas helping Mrs. Mack, mother of Frank Lynch, down the stairs of the trailer serving as the clinic. The clinic was located on land to be used for a new super highway which would have cut through the black community. On page 2 of this issue it states: “A highway cutting through the Black Community will mean air pollution, increased accidents, housing shortages, and excessive noise. The Free Health Center occupies this land illegally according to the law, but we feel that the people’s authorization is the only authorization necessary.” The Boston Black United Front sponsored Operation Stop to prevent the building of the highway, and the Boston BPP supported this effort by putting the clinic’s trailer on the property.

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