‘dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway Signs Unveiled

HATFIELD TWP — Broad Street is now named after a local legend.

Local officials marked the Thursday morning unveiling ceremony of the new Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway.

“Our event today shows how far we have gone from idea to realization. Dr. Boston’s legacy will live on,” said George Whitehair, founder of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Legacy Foundation.

Boston was a black doctor born in Philadelphia in 1891, who served in the United States Army in France during World War I, returned to Philadelphia, then founded what is now Jefferson Lansdale Hospital and Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale. Since 2020, the nonprofit Boston Legacy Foundation has worked to raise awareness of Boston’s history and seek honors that recognize its impact on the community.

A sign on North Broad Street in Lansdale shows the new name for the “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway,” Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo submitted by State Sen. Bob Mensch’s office)

The latest of those honors came on Thursday morning, with the unveiling of signs naming part of North Broad Street after Boston, in Lansdale and Hatfield and near the hospital and ambulance corps he helped found. The ceremony featured lawmakers and local dignitaries talking about the impact Boston has had on the community.

“Having the stretch of road, which passes the two institutions Dr. Boston founded, named after him is an exceptionally fitting way to commemorate him,” said State Representative Steve Malagari, D-53e.

“Our community owes a lot to Dr. Boston because the institutions he created still exist today and still serve our community. Remembering him and commemorating this stretch of highway in his name are just small gestures that allow us to keep alive the legacy of his hard work, tenacity and dedication,” he said.

Local lawmakers hold a sign with the new name of the
Local lawmakers hold a sign with the new name of “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway,” in front of a Boston-based Volunteer Medical Service Corps ambulance, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo submitted by Office of State Sen. Bob Mensch)

State Senator Maria Collett, D-12th, said she “was proud to support legislation, along with Senator Mensch and Representatives Malagari and Stephens, to officially rename this stretch of road in honor of Dr. Boston. . More than sixty years after his death, I’m glad Dr. Boston is getting the recognition he deserves, so that everyone who sees that road sign will know his name.

State Senator Bob Mensch, R-24e, added, “We are very grateful, and I know the people who are here today representing all of Lansdale are very grateful that we are now naming this street Dr. Boston Highway.

“His selflessness, reverence for life, devotion to his neighbors and unwavering commitment to doing good are an inspiration to all and are why we should celebrate his legacy for generations to come,” he said. said Mensch.

For more information about the Boston Legacy Foundation, visit www.bostonlegacyfoundation.org, search for “Dr. Frank E. Boston” on Facebook, or email [email protected]

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