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Deerfield Beach in Broward County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park and Historic Cemetery

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, October 10, 2020
1. Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park and Historic Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Born in the Bahamas in 1898, Branhilda Richardson Knowles immigrated to the Deerfield Beach area in 1922. Knowles was trained as a midwife, and due to Jim Crow era segregation, helped deliver babies for the African American community in Deerfield Beach. For many people of color living in Deerfield Beach during the early 20th century, formal medical treatments such as hospital birth were not available. Knowles played a vital role in helping improve the quality of life for many African American residents. In 2018, the City of Deerfield Beach named this 3.3-acre park in her honor. Beginning in the late 1800s, the park served as a cemetery for African Americans, many of whom were Bahamians that lived and worked in Deerfield Beach. Segregation prohibited people of color from being buried in the city cemetery during the Jim Crow era. The cemetery on this site was in use until 1950. Development threatened to destroy the burial ground in 2015, but after archaeological investigation uncovered numerous signs of human remains, the city purchased the land to preserve it. At the park, conch shells serve as a reminder of the original grave markers used by
Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park and Historic Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, October 10, 2020
2. Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park and Historic Cemetery Marker
Bahamians, like Knowles, who came to Deerfield Beach for a better life.
 
Erected 2018 by City of Deerfield Beach Commission: Mayor Bill Ganz, Vice Mayor Gloria J. Battle: Commissioners: Todd Drosky, Joseph Miller, Bernie Parness; City Manager Burgess Hanson; The Deerfield Beach Historical Society. (Marker Number F-1043.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsScience & MedicineWomen.
 
Location. 26° 18.735′ N, 80° 5.988′ W. Marker is in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of Southeast 2nd Avenue and Southeast 4th Street, on the right when traveling south on Southeast 2nd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 SE 2nd Ave, Deerfield Beach FL 33441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Zion Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); F.E.C. Railway Depot, Boca Raton (approx. 2.2 miles away); Old Floresta Historic District (approx. 2.7 miles away); Boca Raton Town Hall (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Sanborn Wall (approx. 3 miles away); The Barefoot Mailman
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(approx. 3.9 miles away); Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Barefoot Mailmen (approx. 5 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2020, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2020, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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