Evergren Cemetery Historical

Evergren Cemetery Historical (HM1TKX)

Location: West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 44.295', W 80° 3.55'

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For over 85 years, Evergreen Cemetery has been the final resting place of some of the City's most influential black citizens, as well as a crosssection of many unnoted black citizens who contributed to the development of West Palm Beach. In 1913, a group of seven, identified as trustees and owners, had the Evergreen Cemetery laid out. The site had originally been part of Gale's Lake Worth Plat No. 1. These original trustees and owners, joined by four others formed the Evergreen Cemetery Association in 1916, with M.J. Gildersleeve serving as president. Prior to the creation of this cemetery blacks had been buried in what was identified only as the "colored cemetery" on South Dixie Highway. Blacks were denied burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, the City's municipal cemetery until 1966. Among those buried in Evergreen Cemetery are Dr. T. Leroy Jefferson, the City's first black physician; J.W. Mickens, an early educator; Henry Speed, a real estate investor; and Dr. J.R. Vickers (1879-1965), a physician. In 1981, the City Commission declared Evergreen Cemetery a site of local historical significance. The City of West Palm Beach acquired and assumed responsibility for Evergreen Cemetery in 1987.
Year Placed1987
Placed ByThe City of West Palm Beach and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 593562 N 2957790
Decimal Degrees26.73825000, -80.05916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 44.295', W 80° 3.55'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 44' 17.7" N, 80° 3' 33" W
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Area Code(s)561, 352
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2706 Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach FL 33407, US
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