May 4, 2008

Amelia Island, Florida Finale

We finished our day on Amelia Island by first driving through Fort Clinch State Park to see the camping area of the park.

Then we went to see Amelia Island's Historic American Beach.

American Beach was founded in the early 1930s by Abraham Lincoln Lewis as a weekend getaway and vacation spot for the African-American community of Jacksonville, Florida. During this period, beaches were still racially segregated.

Following the passage of The Civil Rights Act in 1964 beaches were open to all races and American Beach saw its popularity diminish in favor of beaches closer to home.

This was the sight of Evans' Rendezvous. This nightclub, which operated at American Beach from about 1948 to 1980, welcomed artists such as Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong. Fund-raising efforts are ongoing to raise the money to restore the building.

These sand dunes are actually located a few blocks from the water in a residential neighborhood.
Driving on American Beach looks like fun...but don't attempt it unless you have four-wheel drive!

For a few more pictures, go to pictures 166-184.

To be continued...

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