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1n 1928, the Okeechobee hurricane
ravaged Belle Glade, Pahokee, and other areas in Palm Beach County. It claimed
over 2,500 lives, most of whom were poor, black agricultural workers. Because
of systemic racism, those people’s lives were seen as dispensable at the time,
and most were buried in mass graves. One of those graves is located right here
in West Palm Beach and is now known as the 1928 Hurricane Mass Burial Site,
though it was not officially recognized for decades. Read the article Florida Frontiers:
Hurricane of 1928 (Links to an external site.) 1928
Hurricane killed thousands in south Florida (floridatoday.com) and watch
the video https://youtu.be/2gVgTozgiuc
then answer the questions.
Were you previously aware of this mass burial site in
West Palm Beach?
Describe and explain your thoughts and feelings while
reading the article and watching the video.
How do you think the erasure of so many people
affected the psychological wellbeing of black people living in Palm Beach
Diller, J. V. (2019). Cultural
diversity: A Primer for the Human Services. Boston, United State Cengage