Hurricane of 1928 Mass Burial Site

Hurricane of 1928 Mass Burial Site (HM25TZ)

Location: West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 44.18', W 80° 3.697'

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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 buildings 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 victims, with memorial rites conducted simultaneously at each of the burial sutes. Two thousand persons attended the ceremonies at the pauper's cemetery, where noted black educator and activist Mary McCleod 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.

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HM NumberHM25TZ
Year Placed2001
Placed ByCity of West Palm Beach and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 593320 N 2957576
Decimal Degrees26.73633333, -80.06161667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 44.18', W 80° 3.697'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 44' 10.8" N, 80° 3' 41.82" W
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Area Code(s)561, 352
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 912-924 25th St, West Palm Beach FL 33407, US
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