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Pioneer Memorial Park

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, August 30, 2020
1. Pioneer Memorial Park Marker
Inscription.  The Lakeside Cemetery Association(LCA), formed in 1891, was composed of a group of the earliest pioneer families of what is today Palm Beach County(part of Dade County until 1909). In 1895 the LCA purchased this site to be used as a private cemetery. From 1895 until approximately 1920, the pioneer families buried their dead in this cemetery. Over two hundred of Dade and Palm Beach County's earliest and most prominent citizens were buried here, including many of the earliest public officials, landowners, and business owners. Initially, both African-American and white pioneers were buried here, which was very unusual for the time. In 1902, the LCA purchased two acres located two blocks to the South to serve as a separate cemetery for African -Americans (today known as Flamingo Park). In 1914, Henry M. Flagler donated to the City of West Palm Beach the land immediately to the West of this site, on which Woodlawn Cemetery was created as West Palm Beach's municipal cemetery. In 1921, the LCA donated this site to the City of West Palm Beach for public park purposes. In 1940, upon the request of the City of West Palm Beach, the LCA released a series
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By Jay Kravetz, August 30, 2020
2. Pioneer Memorial Park Marker
of deed restriction encumbering the property allowing the Norton Gallery and School of Art to be built, provided that this site shall forever be known as "Pioneer Memorial Park". Most of the pioneers buried on this site were exhumed and re-interred in Woodland Cemetery. However, as many as forty pioneers were not removed and remain buried on this site today.
 
Erected 2002 by Norton Museum of Art.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 26° 42.009′ N, 80° 3.231′ W. Marker is in West Palm Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on South Dixie Highway (U.S. 1) north of Cranesnest Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1450 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach FL 33401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flamingo Park (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grandview Heights Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flamingo Park Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens/Ann Weaver Norton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Palm Beach High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); El Cid Neighborhood
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By Jay Kravetz, August 30, 2020
3. Pioneer Memorial Park Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Palm Beach Junior College (approx. ¾ mile away); Clematis Street Commercial Historic District (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Palm Beach.
 
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By Jay Kravetz, August 30, 2020
4. Pioneer Memorial Park Marker
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By Jay Kravetz, August 30, 2020
5. Pioneer Memorial Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2020, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2020, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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