History of American Beach

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American Beach: In Jim-Crow Florida, a Haven for African Americans

Today the quiet little community of American Beach on Florida’s Amelia Island is in transition. Modest vacation homes dating from the 1930s share space with vacant lots, abandoned buildings, and newer, more elegant structures. High-rise condos and beachfront mansions have risen to the north and south in adjacent resorts. Though small in area, American Beach has played a significant role in recent African American history.

Choose from the links below to learn more about the history of American Beach:

Segregation Law

African American Determination

A Minority at its Leisure

1964, Beginning of the End

A community in transition

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This webpage was written by Larry Chase, park volunteer, April 2006.

Last updated: April 16, 2024

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