Frank Erdman Boston, MD (1890-1960), an African American physician, founded the Elm Terrace Hospital at 7th & Broad Streets in Lansdale, PA, 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. 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. In 1919 he lived at 813 N. 16th St. in Philadelphia and corresponded with W.E.B. Du Bois about his experiences in the military during World War I. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjXGAcw_4AQ&list=PLUNg59MF7yAZ-0fy7nZ8gTv6Ozo_QovXf&index=4; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Erdman_Boston (speaks of the W.E.B. Du Bois connection); the North Penn School Board Newsletter of February 2021, letter of Dr. Wanda Lewis-Campbell; and https://books.google.com/books?id=fpk-AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA671&lpg=PA671&dq=813+North+16th+Street,+Philadelphia,+PA+frank+boston&source=bl&ots=kJDHxL4Zdm&sig=ACfU3U2GHIymtWekkpplmtkuxVA2zfW7DA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiM886z7IPvAhUyh-AKHd5RCOgQ6AEwBHoECAUQAw#v=onepage&q=813%20North%2016th%20Street%2C%20Philadelphia%2C%20PA%20frank%20boston&f=false.
|Location Name:||813 N. 16th Street Private Residence|
|Location:||813 North 16th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130, United States|
|Listing Category:||African American History, Armed Services, Military, History, Homes, Lives or Lived Here, Literature|
|Virtual / Real:||Virtual|