African Americans who lost their lives to Florida’s infamous Hurricane of 1928 will be commemorated in a wreath-laying ceremony Sept. 16 at the city’s Storm of ‘28 Memorial, 924 25th St.
The hurricane caused 2,500 area deaths, most of which were migrant, black farm workers who did not receive proper burials. Many of their bodies were placed in a mass grave at 25th Street and Tamarind Avenue. This site remained unmarked and untended until 2004.
The Storm of ’28 Memorial Coalition will also host a community event from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. adjacent to the memorial site featuring gospel and jazz music, hurricane education, and tours of the site.