In Boynton in 1926, Cherry Hill Cemetery for blacks was established south of the Boynton Canal and east of what is now Interstate 95. After it fell into disuse, Mary and William Barton continued to keep up their son's grave, and it became known as Barton's Cemetery.
In 1978 the land was leased from the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) by the City. The park consists of 5.6-acres. This property was originally a legitimate City dump and next to it was an informal cemetery used primarily by the African American community who lived in the area. On the property are gravesites dating back to the early 1900's. The site contains 19 marked graves and an undetermined number of unmarked graves. It wasn't known that there was a cemetery on the site until Mr. Alton Barton identified the plots to DOT, as his son was buried in the area. The cemetery portion of the park makes up about 1/2-acre.
The park is named after Alton Barton, who was born in 1944 and was put to rest in 1950. The Barton family still lives in the area and was instrumental in preserving the cemetery when I-95 was constructed through Boynton Beach in the 1970's. The property is now closed to burials.
The DOT had to determine what to do with the remains as I-95 was expected to be built on parts of that property. DOT and the City worked together to create Sara Sims Cemetery to relocate the remains of the people buried under the planned interstate. Graves that were not in the direct path of the interstate were not moved.
GPS Coordinates: 26.53771, -80.07252
- Added: 1 Aug 2013
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2506627
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