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Post Date:01/31/2020 4:49 PM

(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – In celebration of the City of West Palm Beach’s 125th Anniversary and in honor of February’s Black History Month, departments throughout the City have planned various events to commemorate African American culture throughout the City’s history while looking ahead to a promising future.

The Mandel Public Library will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of free activities and events featuring African American authors, artists, culture, history and more. The lineup of events includes a discussion on the book Graven Images: The Tumultuous Life and Times of Augusta Savage with author Gail Tanzer, a presentation by Lori J. Durante, creator of Taste History Culinary Tour and executive director of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History to learn about the overall impact from Bahamian settlers in the area, and a lesson in the history of head wraps and how to make your own.

The City’s Community Redevelopment Agency will also host an event series to celebrate Black History Month within the 125th Anniversary of West Palm Beach. A historic exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art will showcase the Sunset Lounge, along with stories of pioneers from the City’s Historic Northwest. The event is scheduled on the museum’s annual “Celebrating Black Florida” day. “Bourbon & Bowties” will serve as an opportunity to learn about the rich, black history of the Historic Northwest neighborhood, as well as opportunities for real estate and development.  A community crab boil will treat guests to food and dessert menus from Trindy Gourmet featuring Lala’s Seafood House, as well as performances by various local musical artists.

“This year’s Black History Month is the perfect occasion to feature the countless contributions African American culture has made to our City throughout its 125 years,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James. “I encourage everyone to come out to these wonderful events programmed by the Mandel Public Library and the CRA to learn more about those who came before us in the creation of our outstanding community.” 

Chartered on November 5, 1894, the City of West Palm Beach has a storied and diverse history. In 1893, Standard Oil magnate Henry Morrison Flagler bought real estate in modern-day Palm Beach County, building on what is now the island of Palm Beach. Across the waterway, he carved out a 48-block townsite to provide housing for island staff, which became what we know as West Palm Beach. 

Today, the City of West Palm Beach is a diverse and vibrant city of nearly 115,000 residents. A world-class destination to live, work and play that has retained its small-town charm, West Palm Beach is poised to usher in the next 125 years and continue welcoming visitors to discover this special place.

For a full list of events at the Mandel Public Library, visit, or call (561) 868-7701 (TTY: 800-955-8771)

For details about the CRA’s schedule of events, call (561) 822-1550 (TTY: 800-955-8771).

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