Lincoln Park is a culturally rich residential area and one of Fort Pierce’s oldest historic communities. Dating back to the 1920’s and 1930’s, a predominantly African-American community of family-owned businesses found success along the Avenue D corridor which became a bustling commercial district with barber shops, grocery stores, churches, restaurants, and a movie theater. Lincoln Park was home to Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, and also home to the famous Florida Highwaymen artists, a group of 26 African-American landscape artists who employed a unique painting style to assert their economic independence and agency during and after the segregation era.
Today, Lincoln Park is home to the Lincoln Theater, one of only four African-American owned theaters in the country, and Lincoln Park Academy, an academic magnet school and one of the nation’s top performing schools. It is the most populated district in the FPRA with close to 4,700 residents; who drive the retail demand along the commercial corridor of Avenue D.
Fort Pierce envisions reactivating the once thriving Avenue D corridor. Revitalization efforts have been exerted to improve streetscapes and facades, a new Intermodal Bus Terminal added and the Moore’s Creek Linear Park reopened to host events. The district has the advantages of being rooted in culture and history and benefits from its close proximity to the downtown and waterfront.