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West Settlers Historic District
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 26° 27.910 W 080° 04.637
17R E 591979 N 2927529
Quick Description: Located at NW 4th Ave and NW 2nd St. A similar marker is located at 60 NW 5th Ave
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/4/2016 10:00:34 AM
Waymark Code: WMRTXJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
Views: 4

Long Description:
Established in 1894, the West Settlers area is the site of the first African-American settlement in Delray Beach. African-Americans from the north and west Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were the first non-Native Americans in the area, laying the foundation of a strong agricultural economy in the region. The community was self-sufficient and settlers utilized local materials and their own construction knowledge. Known as the “Red Line” for the painted tin roofs, the “shot gun” houses that once occupied the east side of NW 3rd Avenue were developed for Henry Flagler’s railroad workers. Isaiah Bruin, one of the community’s earliest builders, constructed many residences along NW 3rd and 4th Avenues, including the Susan Williams House, which is now located at the S.D. Spady Cultural Complex on NW 5th Avenue. The La France Hostel (1949), located at 140 NW 4th Avenue, was once the only hotel in Delray Beach that welcomed African-Americans during segregation. Owned by Charles and Francenia Patrick, the hotel welcomed celebrated black musicians and civil rights figures. The Patricks built their homestead next door at 400 NW 2nd Street. In 1997, the community was locally designated the West Settlers Historic District.
Marker Number: F-667

Date: 2009

County: Palm Beach

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: The City of Delray Beach, the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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