Chesapeake Conservancy

  • 'A dream come true': Historically Black beach to become park

    By Kirsten Ferguson July 22, 2022

    During the Jim Crow era of forced racial segregation, Black Americans were prohibited from visiting beaches like Ocean City or Atlantic City. However, several Maryland beaches owned by the Carr family of Annapolis were getaways — known as “The Beaches” — that welcomed Black people and hosted renowned Black musicians like Billie Holiday, Count Basie and James Brown.