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Date:
September 12, 2022
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Hampton History Museum
Address:
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Contact:
757-727-1102
Cost:
Museum members free, non-members $5
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The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South

Monday, September 12, 2022

Author Andrew W. Kahrl, assistant professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Virginia, illuminates the fate of land that once was site of thriving Jim Crow-era black communities and beaches.

Author Andrew W. Kahrl, assistant professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Virginia, illuminates the fate of land that once was site of thriving Jim Crow-era black communities and beaches.

The coasts of today’s American South feature luxury condominiums, resorts, and gated communities, yet just a century ago, a surprising amount of beachfront property in the Chesapeake, along the Carolina shores, and around the Gulf of Mexico was owned and populated by African Americans. Blending social and environmental history, Andrew W. Kahrl tells the story of African American–owned beaches in the twentieth century. By reconstructing African American life along the coast, Kahrl demonstrates just how important these properties were for African American communities and leisure, as well as for economic empowerment, especially during the era of the Jim Crow South. However, in the wake of the civil rights movement and amid the growing prosperity of the Sunbelt, many African Americans fell victim to effective campaigns to dispossess black landowners of their properties and beaches.

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