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Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Lemon City-Boles Town

Lemon City-Boles Town Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2021
1. Lemon City-Boles Town Marker
Inscription.  Bound by the area east of I-95, between 71st and 54th Streets, the Lemon City community had at least three identifiable historic black communities at the turn of the twentieth century, including this area, Boles Town. The neighborhood was named for Elijah and Rosa Boles, who had moved to the area from Lake City and were one of the original black families to settle Lemon City. Nicknamed “Lottie,” Elijah was one of Lemon City’s first entrepreneurs. In the late 1800s, he bought a portion of Lemon City librarian Ada Merritt’s homestead, west of Miami Avenue and NW 57th Street. There he built a number of small wooden houses along a single street surrounded by tropical fruit orchards that included lemons, avocados, mangos, and more. Boles rented the houses and ran a small general store. These successful business and land ventures allowed him to become one of the most affluent African Americans in the town. Elijah and Rosa held church services in their home prior to the construction of any black churches in Lemon City. In 1901, the Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church was organized in the Boles’ home before it moved to the Knightsville neighborhood.
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The Reverend B.F. Goodwin was named its first pastor.
Erected 2019 by The City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, The City of Miami in coordination with Alexander Adams, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1070.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 25° 49.675′ N, 80° 11.786′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of North Miami Avenue and Northwest 57th Street, on the right when traveling south on North Miami Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5700 North Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33127, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Little Haiti's Mache Ayisyen-"The Caribbean Marketplace" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lemon City Pharmacy-Dr. Dupuis Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bay Shore Water Pump House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lemon City Train Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lemon City Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lemon City Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lemon City-Knightsvile (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Cushman School (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami.
Also see . . .  Lemon City. (Submitted on June 20, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Lemon City-Boles Town Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2021
2. Lemon City-Boles Town Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 228 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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May. 29, 2023