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Going to the Beach: Remembering Maryland’s Black Beaches

During segregation, African-American families couldn't go to the region's larger beaches. Fortunately, some enterprising entrepreneurs created spaces where African Americans could swim freely and without the fear of discrimination. Here's a vintage look at some of the region's popular black beaches.

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Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
YWCA camp for girls at Highland Beach Girls, 1930
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WANN Radio Station, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Carr's Beach, affectionately called "The Beach," was a major stop on the "Chitlin Circuit." In this photo, singer Sarah Vaughn performs during a WANN broadcast in August 1956.
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WANN Radio Station, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
"The Teenagers" perform during a WANN broadcast at Carr's Beach in August 1956.
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WANN Radio Station Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Four women pose in front of DJ Hoppy Adam's convertible at Carr's Beach.
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WANN Radio Station, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Teens hit the dance floor at Carr's Beach in July 1956.
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WANN Radio Station Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
A crowd watches a WANN broadcast at Carr's Beach in July 1956.
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Red and white sign from WANN broadcast at Carr's Beach
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Known as "The Beach," Carr's Beach was a major stop on the "Chitlin Circuit," with performances from big stars of the day like James Brown and Etta James.
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Family of six on the beach
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
"Wild" Bill Doggett
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
Crowd Dancing at Carr's Beach
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Group on pier at Highland Beach
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
Sparrow's Beach Beauty Pageant
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
Children Learning to Swim at Carr's Beach
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
Crowd at Carr's Beach
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
Hoppy Adams on Stage at Carr's Beach
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
Crowd at Carr's Beach
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Collection of the Banneker-Douglas Museum
Five people lounging on beach
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Amusement rides at Sparrow's Beach.
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Women at Highland Beach
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Group at Highland Beach
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Haley Douglas, a descendant of Frederick Douglas and the first mayor of Highland Beach.
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Highland Beach
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Group of children at Highland Beach
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Highland Beach Historical Commission
Beauty Pageant at Sparrow's or Carr's Beach
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