Hurricane of 1928 African American Mass Burial Site is in West Palm Beach, in the southeastern part of the state.
Hurricanes have not always been named. It wasn’t until 1950 that ones in the Atlantic were named. One of the most notable unnamed hurricanes in Florida’s history was the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. It struck the state in mid-September, crossing over Lake Okeechobee and affecting most of central Florida. The dike surrounded the lake was breached, causing much flooding. The bodies of over 600 black people were moved to West Palm Beach and buried in a mass grave. The effects of the hurricane in the area were the inspiration for Zora Neale Hurston‘s Their Eyes Were Watching God.