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September 18, 2021 - September 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Details:
Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 19, 1-5 p.m.
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
1920s Bay Shore Couple
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Historic Black Beaches Free Admission Weekend

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Enjoy free museum admission to experience “Historic Black Beaches: Bay Shore and Other Memorable Sands.”

African Americans in many waterfront communities, denied access to public beaches, pooled resources to create their own coastal retreats. Many became vacation destinations featuring hotels, music halls and amusement parks. All created special memories, from swimming to church services, family fun to formal dances. Two complementary exhibits explore some of these special places. 

"Memorable Sands: Beaches of Northeast North Carolina and Southeast Virginia,” a traveling exhibit from the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C., looks at five beaches in North Carolina and Virginia Beach. Hampton’s own Bay Shore Beach, located next to Buckroe Beach for more than 75 years, is featured in a separate exhibit highlighted by numerous photographs and artifacts from Reginald Robinson and Judy Leonard’s collection. 

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