Violet Summer's Fav Black Beaches Ever

Small enclaves of black beach towns and their communities are unique and historical to African American history. They were our safe havens during the long period of segregation in America.  Land and open lots in places like Cape May, Sag Harbour, Oak Bluffs, were all purchased during the reconstruction period as an attempt to create community after hundreds of years of slavery. Being shut out of society while simultaneously building history, many of these beach towns were created on under-developed land in the early 1900s, well into the 60s.  Blacks wanted to vacation in peace, too! So we created our own paradise, our own resort-like beach towns, even if it was a few blocks away or hundreds of miles away. We'd sacrifice in the winter to travel to a place we could call our own in the summer. Today there are very few beach towns with African American roots that are still afloat. But these beach towns are barely existing, their history is slowly sinking in the sand or the beach towns are becoming gentrified, washed ashore with a new identity. They are still our diamond in the rough, though.  Here's a roundup of beaches that were birthed for us and by us. Visit them. Google them. Post them. 
    1. Chicken Bone Beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey  
    2. Virginia Key Beach, Miami, Florida 
    3. Beach on Grant Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey
    4. The Inkwell, Oak Bluffs, Marthas Vineyard
    5. Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest and Ninevah Beach, New York (SANS)
    6. Idle wild, Michigan
    7. Highland Beach, Annapolis, Maryland
    8. Sea Islands, North Carolina (Gullah / Geechee communities)
    9. Bruce's Beach, Manhattan Beach California  
    10.  American Beach, Jacksonville Florida

 

 Photo Cred: NBC Washington

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