I designed this flyer and a doorhanger to advertise the W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Service Center, Inc’s 35th Anniversary Street Dedication.
Dr. Whittier C. Atkinson was the first Black physician in Chester County in 1927. He founded Clement Atkinson Memorial Hospital after being shunned by fellow doctors at the Coatesville Hospital. He ran the hospital until 1978, when it closed.
The W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Service Center now occupies the building, and their mission statement is below. At time of writing, their website is offline for maintenance, but you can find the W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Service Center website here, and you can find the archived version here.
The mission of W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Service Center, Inc. is to enhance neighborhood revitalization through community resources, referrals and affordable housing for individuals and families, and shelter for men experiencing homelessness in the greater Coatesville area; and to promote holistically healthy lifestyles through education, prevention, supportive and cultural services.
On Sunday 23rd April 2023, on the 35th Anniversary of the W.C. Atkinson Memorial Community Service Center, The City of Coatesville recognized Dr. Atkinson by naming a section of E. Chestnut St. in front of his former hospital after him.
You can find some more information / sources on Dr. W.C. Atkinson on his wikipedia page, although there’s unfortunately only a handful of public sources on this topic.
It was an honour to work on this project. This history clearly means a great deal to the community.
I started with this flyer. It centers around a yearbook photo of Dr. W.C. Atkinson from his 1925 graduation from Howard University, as selected by the client.
The flyer was designed to be printable on home printers, with minimal ink coverage, and an acceptable grayscale output.