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Recovering Manhattan Beach: Florida’s First African American Beach in the S...

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Old St. Andrews Church

317 A.P.Randolph Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

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The memory of Florida’s first African American beach resort in the segregated South is eroding with time. With no visible evidence remaining of a once-vibrant coastal retreat, “Recovering Manhattan Beach” uses archival sources, oral histories, and a handful of the only known existing photographs to piece together its timeline (1900-1940s). Learn how Gilded-Age expansion led to the creation of Manhattan Beach (located at present-day Hanna Park in Jacksonville), the role Manhattan Beach played in Jacksonville’s African-American community in the early 20th century, and the factors that contributed to its demise.

Brittany Cohill, Operations Manager at the Beaches Museum and Adjunct Instructor of History at Jacksonville University, will deliver the presentation.

*Photo caption: Black Employees of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast companies take a break from preparing the site for the Continental Hotel in Atlantic Beach, 1900. Photo courtesy of the Beaches Museum, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

This event is open to the public and free for members. A suggested donation for non-members is $10.

For information call (904) 665-0064 or email info@jaxhistory.org.


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