Pearl City Centennial
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
The Pearl City neighborhood came into being in 1915, when land was designated,
platted, and made available to African Americans for housing. In recognition of
that beginning, DISC worked in collaboration with the Boca Raton Historical
Society and the City of Boca Raton to put together a memorable Pearl City
Centennial Celebration on June 20, 2015. The day-long event included a
ceremony honoring Pearl City pioneer families, a walk through the neighborhood,
an exhibition of historical objects and photographs, and a concluding celebration
with food and entertainment in Hughes Park.
In her Pearl City Centennial Proclamation, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie
recognized Pearl City as “Boca Raton’s oldest existing neighborhood” and as “one
of two designated historic districts in the City.” Her proclamation ended with a
call to “all residents to join in honoring all those Pearl City residents, past and
present, who created and continue to nurture this close-knit, enduring community.