American Beach History

Olivia Meadows
4 min readOct 19, 2021

Why Florida’s First Black Beach is Making Waves

illustration, American Beach Museum

On a warm and sunny day in 1935 African Americans are searching for a place to unwind, maybe catch a few waves and enjoy the sun, but where can one go without persecution from angry protestors who escort people of color away from what they consider their Beach?

In defiance of Jim Crow which restricted Blacks from most United States Beaches, Abraham…