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Re: Information on Chestnut family

Posted: 1493202271000
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This post is 11 years old but if you haven't ever found an answer to your question, I do have information of the Pensacola Maternity Home. Or this maybe of help to others. By coincidence, just yesterday I was at the Pensacola Genealogy library searching for archives of the nursing school at the Pensacola Hospital on 12th Ave (became Sacred Heart Hospital 1948-1965 until SHH relocated in 1965 on 9th Ave). At the library there was a folder marked "Pensacola Maternity Home". Est. 1933 at a home on 14th Ave, then a new building was built at 61 E. Mallory St, opened in 1941 and closed in the 1960's. It was established for women with low income. Well over 1,000 babies were born at the maternity hospital. I don't know how many were adopted, but there were babies who were put up for adoption. [SEE more information in message boards at https://www.ancestry.com/boards/localities.northam.usa.state... and SEE post by Debra: posted an 1959 artIcle]. At the library was an 1941 article about the maternity hospital (SEE attached image).

This maternity hospital has struck my interest and curiosity as I've never heard of it until now. It brings this question to mind... The babies who were put up for adoption, were they taken to the local area hospitals in Pensacola to be adopted by another family?

There were three main hospitals in operation during the years the maternity hospital operated 1933-1960's.

Hospital 1: Pensacola Hospital (1915-1948), Became Sacred Heart Hospital (1948-1965) And the School of Nursing (1915-1967) all at 1010 N. 12th Ave. Except the nursing school built a new building about 1942 next door at 900 N. 12th Ave. Later, Sacred Heart Hospital relocated building a new facility, opened 1965 at 5151 N. 9th Ave. it's current location.
Does anyone know if the 12th Ave nursing school student nurses did some of their clinical training at the Pensacola Maternity Home (1933-1960's)?

Hospital 2: Escambia General Hospital (est 1948) later became University Hospital at 1190 W. Leonard St. and closed 7/28/92. (bldg renovated to become Escambia Co Jail Annex (2 story bldg), later was torn down and a new jail annex was built; in 2014 an gas explosion destroyed the building, of which still remains on site).

Hospital 3: Baptist Hospital (1951-present) at Moreno & "E" St.

But yesterday I discovered there was not just one, but two maternity homes in Pensacola. When I saw the folder at the library re: Pensacola Maternity Home (at Mallory St), there was another folder marked "Our Lady of Angel Maternity Home" (est 1948) established by St. Joseph's Church on Intendencia St next to the convent and was established to provide maternity care for blacks and creoles. An article had info the maternity home on Mallory St was for whites. So anyone searching for birth or adoption info and searching for a child or parent(s), know that there was two maternity hospitals that existed in Pensacola....

Pensacola Maternity Home (1933-1941 at 14th Ave and 1941-1960s at 61 E. Mallory St) Mallory St location was behind the old Medical Center Clinic on North Palafox St.

Our Lady of Angels Maternity Hospital (1948-1960s) at Intendencia St and was located next door to the convent of St. Joseph's Church. SEE page 9 of 11 at the following link: https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset?assetID=33d07254-0e54-4a5...
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