Learn from the past and plan for the future at the Hurricane of 1928 memorial event

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00p.m., the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in partnership with the Storm of ’28 Memorial Park Coalition will host a community memorial event to remember the victims who lost their lives to Florida’s infamous and tragic Hurricane of 1928.

The great storm made landfall in Palm Beach County on September 16, 1928 and caused at least 2,500 area deaths, most of which were migrant, black farm workers who did not receive proper burials at the time.

The burial site in West Palm Beach, located at at 25th Street and Tamarind Avenue,  recognizes the African American victims of the storm who were laid in a mass gravesite which serves as  the final resting place for 674 victims.  The site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and a state historical marker was added in 2003 during the 75th anniversary of the hurricane.