African-American Heritage Sites in The Palm Beaches

These heritage sites are more than history—they are part of what makes The Palm Beaches what it is today.

African-American heritage runs deep in The Palm Beaches. See the architectural gems, history of community activism and well-preserved historical sites that encompass the cultural contributions of one of The Palm Beaches’ vibrant communities.

Lawrence E. Will Museum, Belle Glade

At the Lawrence E. Will Museum in Belle Glade, view exhibits on the local history of the region to get “the Total Glades Experience.” Learn all about the history, anthropology, natural history and even fine art and humanities of the Glades region—the gateway to the Florida Everglades—including a living history of African Americans.

Discover their cultural influence on this significant agricultural area, from communities that navigated slavery and Jim Crow laws to those that harvested sugar cane and sweet corn, to the successful football tradition that has produced so many professional and college football players.

The museum also hosts local experiences like art shows. Check their calendar for upcoming events.

Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Delray Beach

Spady Museum

See photos and memorabilia that trace the impact of African Americans on the local community at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum in Delray Beach. The museum celebrates black history with exhibits that shine a light on local African-American heritage, featuring collections of rare photos and memorabilia. It details how African Americans impacted and contributed to Florida’s early black communities and culture, and it’s the only black history museum and cultural center in Palm Beach County.

The museum is housed in the home of the late Solomon D. Spady. A prominent African-American educator and activist, he made a lasting impact on Delray Beach after being assigned there as a public school principal in the 1920s.

While visiting, immerse yourself in history with an event like historical tours of the area, art walks and speaker events—the museum even hosts yoga classes. And if you’re in town at the time, don’t miss their yearly events—the Juneteenth Celebration, which commemorates the end of slavery, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in memory of the legacy of Dr. King.

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, West Palm Beach

Tabernacle Church

Stroll by this church in West Palm to take in its Neo-Romanesque Revival-style architecture. In service for almost a century, the church is still active in the community and holds services and religious events. Once home to the first public school for African Americans in Palm Beach County, today it’s a landmark.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Landmark Memorial, West Palm Beach

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

With a calming, cascading waterfall and quotes from the Civil Rights Movement, this memorial in Currie Park invites contemplation on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights. It features a large bronze bust of the leader of the movement, along with benches to sit for a moment of reflection.

The park itself is great for recreation, with plenty of open green space, a playground, tennis courts and a boat ramp into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Hurricane of 1928 Mass Burial Site, West Palm Beach

This burial site stands as a testament to the tragic Hurricane of 1928 and is a poignant reminder of America’s history of race-based segregation. A large, fenced-off area encloses the grave, void of any tombstones—only a single historical marker recounts the story.

The 1928 storm was devastating, with flooding killing between 1,800 and 3,000 people. At the time, white victims of the storm were given a proper burial, but due to racial segregation, 674 black residents—were buried in an unmarked mass grave. Others were never found.

It wasn’t until 1991 that the marker was added and the site recognized, and today visitors can reflect on the lives of the victims at the memorial.