Monday, September 16, 2013

1928 Palm Beach County hurricane victims: Honored after... |

Today is the anniversary of the 1928 hurricane. Click title for link to article about the mass grave of some of the victims of the storm in West Palm Beach. From the article:
On Sept. 16, 1928, the Category 4 storm smashed coastal Palm Beach County, washing out a flimsy 6-foot-high dike around Lake Okeechobee. Between 2,500 and 3,000 people were killed throughout the area.
With so many bodies, and amid health fears, authorities and searchers buried the dead where they could, burned corpses in massive pyres or dug makeshift mass graves.
At Tamarind and 25th, bodies of black victims were dumped in a 75-foot-long, 20-foot-wide trench at a black paupers’ cemetery.
In 2003, the city did a lot of improvements to commemorate the site, however those improvements are showing their age and maintenance is minimal.