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Wreath laying commemorates Hurricane of 1928

Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 12:50:01-04

A wreath laying ceremony was held in West Palm Beach Friday to commemorate the people who died from the devastating hurricane of 1928.

On Sept. 16, 1928, a Category 4 hurricane hit Palm Beach County, with most of the devastation affecting around Lake Okeechobee.

The storm claimed the lives of 2,500 people, many of which were black migrant farmers who did not receive proper burials.

James Drayton says his family did whatever they could to help.

"We had three houses on our property, one was a store that survived the storm, and I am told a number of neighbors came and took shelter there," Drayton said.

The city of West Palm Beach is trying to improve the memorial where hundreds of unidentified people rest. An event is being Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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