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Smokey Hollow Commemoration

Published June 15, 2020















From the 1890s to the 1960s, Smokey Hollow was an African American neighborhood that stood in the area that is now Cascades Park. It originally spanned 85 acres, but today only a fraction of the original community remains. The Commemoration provides the history of the thriving, tight-knit community that populated Smokey Hollow, as well as the clearing and displacing of these communities by the State of Florida. The skeleton structures or “Spirit Houses,” mimic the frame of the “shotgun” homes common to the area. The Commemoration is a place to visit and learn; it stands as a testament to the “Enduring Sprit” of the former residents.