The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes will host a program titled Black Footprints on White Sands: Historic African American Beaches and Resorts at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. Required reservations must be made by calling the museum, 302-645-1148, no later than Friday, Jan. 17.
This presentation by Chase Jackson, program and grants manager at New Jersey’s Bayshore Center at Bivalve, will explore beaches and resorts that African Americans could visit without fear of discrimination or violence during the segregation era.
One such destination in Delaware was the Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort in Millsboro, which was run by and for people of color. During its heyday, the resort presented some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century including Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, among many others.
Chase Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, which she parlayed into a 30-plus-year career in nonprofit administration. She is also an accomplished storyteller, producer, director, actor and blues vocalist. In addition to managing its office, she handles all of the Bayshore Center’s publicity, promotion and special event/program coordination.
The program is free and open to the public; it will take place on the Zwaanendael Museum’s second floor with entry via staircase, no elevator. For more information about the museum, go to www.history.delaware.gov/zm_main.