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People's Free Health Center

ID Number: 3200
Maker: Black Panther Party
Technique: reproduction of offset
Date Made: 1970-06-13
Place Made: United States: California, Oakland
Measurements: 48 cm x 33 cm; 18 7/8 in x 13 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party; African Americans; Viet Nam War Era
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
The Black Panther 25 cents Black Community News Service 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." [ -- text from page 2: ] Text from page 2 of this issue "The Free Health Center will open, initially, only four times a week. As more people become involved, the Center will open twenty-four hours a day. Presently, opening hours are on Saturday and Sunday from 2-6 pm and Tuesdays and Thrusdays (sic Thursdays) from 7-11 pm. Community volunteers are needed to act as people's advocates, drivers, security to assist doctors and nurses, and to help implement health campaigns. Classes are available for people to learn first aid and to train a lab technicians,. Black doctors and other medically skilled people are needed in particular. Services provided will be similar to those of a family doctor, including immunization, tests for diseases, emergency first aid, but most important of all, health education. High morality (sic mortality) rates from common illnesses and diseases in Black communities and other poor communities are completely preventable and curable if people are educated to their dangers. The present health care system is not aimed at alleviating the health problems of the people. Priority is given to making money rather than to serving the needs of the people. The People's Free Health Center is an alternative to show the power of the people in dealing with a specific problem. The success of the Free Health Center depends on the People's Support.”

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2/17/19 conversation with Billy X. Jennings: People's Free Health Center –Frank Lynch mobile health center – on private property, loaned to bpp for mobile center in Boston, Run by Audrea Jones, (?)a sister who ran the BPP office in Boston, then came to CA around 1971, worked on Bobby Seale’s campaign (lots of offices closed to work on Bobby Seale’s campaign. Boston, New Haven & other offices closed or sent people to work on this campaign.

Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Exhibition Annotation:
The first Black Panther Party Free Clinic opened in Boston 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 the 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.

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