- Pearl City, Boca Raton, Florida
Pearl City is a neighborhood in
Boca Raton, Floridanorth of downtown. It was developed for African Americanworkers who were employed at hotels in Boca Raton itself, Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach (many workers moved to Pleasant City, a West Palm Beach neighborhood equivalent to Pearl City).
There is little evidence on the origin of the name, but one theory is that it is named for the Hawaiian Pearl pineapple, a major crop of the area.
There is a memorial dedicated to Martin Luther King on its outskirts.
The neighborhoods surrounding Pleasant City, and the neighborhood itself, are very poor with high levels of poverty. This is also where the majority of the city's African American population lives. It is also known for being the hub of high level drug trafficking to Boca Raton itself, as well as Palm Beach and West Palm Beach.
Many parts of the streets were resurfaced. The area was also declared as a historical district in the National Register of Historical Places.
*Arthur S. Evans and David Lee. "Pearl City, Florida: A Black Community Remembers". Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic UP/UP of Florida, 1990.
* [http://www.bocahistory.org/_pearl_city/index.asp Boca Raton Historical Society: Remembering Pearl City]
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