West Settlers Historic District Historical

West Settlers Historic District Historical (HM1TRU)

Location: Delray Beach, FL 33444 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 27.76', W 80° 4.696'

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The West Settlers community, established in 1894 as Delray Beach's first African-American community, was self-sufficient with commercial buildings and churches serving its residents. Originally N Blackmer Street, NW 5th Avenue was the hub of business and social activities. The building at the northwest comer of NW 1st Street and NW 5th Avenue was known as "The Fountainette" and contained a soda fountain, doctor's offices, and a pharmacy. The pharmacy, run by Dr. Simon Barnes, was the only one to serve the African-American community. The former residence of Delray's most prominent black educator and community leader, Solomon D. Spady, is located at 170 NW 5th Avenue. The circa 1926 Mission Revival structure is now a museum primarily dedicated to African-American history. One of the community's earliest builders was William Robinson who developed the property at 315-317 NW 1st Street for his wife, Essie, in 1902. The Robinson homestead, one of the first in the area to have electricity, running water, and a telephone, was designated an official Red Cross hurricane shelter in the 1940s. In 1997, the community was locally designated the West Settlers Historic District.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe City of Delray Beach, EPOCH (Expanding & Preserving Our Cultural Heritage, Inc.) and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 591882 N 2927252
Decimal Degrees26.46266667, -80.07826667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 27.76', W 80° 4.696'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 27' 45.6" N, 80° 4' 41.76" W
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Area Code(s)561, 954
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 60 NW 5th Ave, Delray Beach FL 33444, US
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