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Dr. Frank Boston, Black Founder of Lansdale Hospital in 1934, Had Office Here


Dr. Frank Boston, Black Founder of Lansdale Hospital in 1934, Had Office Here

Frank Erdman Boston, MD (1890-1960), an African American physician, founded the Elm Terrace Hospital at 7th & Broad Streets in Lansdale in 1934. It moved across the street at some point. It changed its name to North Penn Hospital in 1954, and at some point moved a short distance away and is now Abington-Lansdale Hospital. Dr. Boston also saw a need and founded the First Aid Emergency Squad, which is now called the Volunteer Medical Services Corps of Lansdale. There is a sculpture of him by S.K. Miller at the corner of 7th and Broad Streets in Lansdale. The sculpture was created in response to the hospital refusing to hang his portrait on its premises, presumably because of racism against Blacks. Dr. Boston had a medical office in the Dresher Arcade here. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjXGAcw_4AQ&list=PLUNg59MF7yAZ-0fy7nZ8gTv6Ozo_QovXf&index=4;  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Erdman_Boston; and the North Penn School Board Newsletter of February 2021, letter of Dr. Wanda Lewis-Campbell.


Location Name: Dresher Arcade
Location: 319 West Main Street, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 19446, United States
Listing Category: African American History, History, Inspirational, Role Model
Virtual / Real: Virtual
Created Date: 02-24-2021

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