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Wednesday, MARCH 6, 2024 at 8:00pm EDT

Leslie “Dottie” Van Every

Our Own Paradise: History of Black-Owned American Resorts

You may have heard of the Green Book, a popular travel guide treasured by the Black community for its travel tips during Jim Crow. But have you heard of Black Eden? Or Idlewild? Or American Beach? These are some of the many Black resorts that were popular places many Americans spent their summer vacations.

Leslie “Dottie” Van Every is a marcom maven, writer, and lover of all things vintage, except vintage beliefs. Join us as she delves into the history of these resorts featuring photos and stories from famous Black celebrities to journal entries for the lucky families who enjoyed these safe spaces.

FREE (SCA MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED)

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