From the Fort Lauderdale Observer [1]:

"Dr. Sistrunk moved to Fort Lauderdale in April, 1922. Although he was a qualified surgeon, he was not allowed to perform surgical procedures in white hospitals.

In 1938 he joined Dr. Von D. Mizell to establish Fort Lauderdale’s first medical facility for blacks, Provident Hospital. He is credited with delivering over 5,000 babies during his 44 years of practice. Throughout Broward County, Dr. Sistrunk would make house calls and assist those who were financially strained."



  1. Fort Lauderdale Observer Entry
  2. Sistrunk Festival: How they got their namesake