On February 25, 2019, Brittany Cohill, of the Beaches Museum, will share the history of Manhattan Beach with us. 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. This program will be held at Old St. Andrews Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Reception 6:30pm, Program 7:00pm. This event is open to the public and free for JHS members. A suggested donation for non-members is $10.
The JHS Speaker Series is underwritten by Retina Associates – Fred H. Lambrou, Jr., M.D. and H. Alexander Leder, M.D.