HOMESTEAD — Biscayne National Park is seeking the assistance of southern Miami-Dade county residents and former residents with the collection of personal recollections and photographs of the segregated beach that existed at Homestead Bayfront Park during the years of Jim Crow in South Florida.
Biscayne National Park is looking for interviewees to share their memories and photos of time spent on either side the segregated beach during the 1950s and 60s. The park hopes to collect these interviews as part of an “oral history” of the site that can be used to help guide our public interpretation of this formative period of the park's and America's history.
Oral histories are frequently collected by the National Park Service as a way to forever preserve the remembered past. They are especially important when seeking personal perspectives of past events that are rarely recorded in the written record. In the case of the “Blacks Only” beach in Homestead, the park seeks to learn and share the history of the site as well as to identify the impact on the lives of the people and families that used the beach during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement in southern Florida.
Those who have memories they would like to share can contact Charles Lawson at 786-335-3676 or Charles_Lawson@nps.gov to schedule an interview.
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