Ted Brownstein - TimStepien

071113 - LAKE WORTH - The city's first settlers were Samuel and Fannie James, an African American couple and ex-slaves, known as the Black Diamonds, who settled on the shores of the Lake Worth Lagoon in 1883, as recorded on stone monument located at the northwest corner of Lucerne Avenue and J Street. Author, Ted Brownstein recently wrote “Pioneers of Jewell: A Documentary of Lake Worth’s Forgotten First Settlement, 1885-1910". “Pioneers of Jewell” tells the story of Jewell of a lost community of pioneers founded in 1885 by Samuel and Fannie James, an African American couple believed to be former slaves. Photo by Tim Stepien