Resting north of Broward Boulevard, bounded by Fort Lauderdale’s Brightline high speed rail to the east and the city limits to the west, lives the Historic Sistrunk neighborhood, the Heart and Soul of the City.
Just west of Flagler Village and Progresso Village in midtown Fort Lauderdale’s Village District, Historic Sistrunk is named after pioneering Black physician, Dr.James Franklin Sistrunk (1891-1966) who practiced in Fort Lauderdale for 44 years. Dr. Sistrunk arrived in the early 1920’s after graduating from medical college, then serving his country in World War I. Since Black doctors and patients were denied full access to the community’s hospitals at that time, Dr. Sistrunk would go on to become a founder of Provident Hospital, Broward County’s first Black hospital originally located at 1409 NW 6th Street, later renamed Sistrunk Boulevard in his honor. Sistrunk Boulevard, a main thoroughfare, spans Historic Sistrunk from its eastern to western boundaries.