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Hurricane of 1928 Mass Burial Site



Marker ID: FLHM F-450
Location: In the cemetery, E Tamarind Ave, West Palm Beach, FL
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 44.170    W 080° 03.719
  26.73616666    -80.06198333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7HMQ
 



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Hurricane of 1928 Mass Burial Site


On September 16, 1928, a hurricane came ashore near the Jupiter Lighthouse and traveled West across Palm Beach County to Lake Okeechobee. This deadly hurricane destroyed hundreds of building and left millions of dollars in property damage. Many of the 1,800 to 3,000 fatalities occurred when the Lake Okeechobee dike collapsed, flooding the populated South side of the lake. Approximately 1,600 victims were buried in a mass grave in Port Mayaca in Martin County. In West Palm Beach, 69 white victims were placed in a mass grave in Woodlawn Cemetery and approximately, 674 black victims were buried in a mass grave in the city's pauper's burial field at Tamarind Avenue and 25th Street. Many others were never found. On September 30, 1928, the City proclaimed an hour of mourning for the victim's, with memorial rites conducted simultaneously at each of the burial sites. Two thousand persons attended the ceremonies at the pauper's cemetery, where noted black educator ans activist Mary McLoed Bethune (1875-1955) read the Mayor's proclamation. The mass grave at Woodlawn Cemetery was subsequently identified by a marker. This burial site was not again recognized until 1991, when a Yoruba (Nigerian religious) ceremony was held here.






F-450 The City of West Palm Beach
and the Florida Department of State
2001



Notes:

City: Pahokee - West Palm Beach, FL

Wikipedia - 1928 Okeechobee hurricane