Historic American Beach, FL

Juneteenth: Remember the Ancestors at American Beach (St. Augustine, FL)

Bring your water bottle and your tutu as we travel to the Sunshine State for our Remember the Ancestors 5k Walk/Bike/Run. Click the button below to register.

Recreation & Purpose

Freedom, physical and economic, is a concept that is as important to Black people in 2021 as it was in 1935 when American Beach was founded. Created as a respite and refuge for people that were marginalized and discriminated against, American Beach was a slice of heaven for Black people and all were welcomed to experience our culture. Melanin Parks is humbled to honor the life of Abraham Lewis and his descendants by hosting “Juneteenth: Remembering the Ancestors at American Beach”.

This 2 1/2 day event seeks to make the clarion call to Black physicians, business owners, entrepreneurs, musicians, and families to entertainment that reunites and reignites the Black family dynamic. At our core, the Black family has always endured and evolved. 

Tentative events (based on COVID management and containment) will include:

  • 15 CEU credit opportunities for Health Care Professionals
  • Historical tribute and recognition honoring  Ms. MaVynee Betsch
  • Introduction & presentation about American Beach Museum
  • Our Past and Present: An Afternoon with Marsha Dean Phelts, author of American Beach Cookbook and An American Beach for African Americans
  • 5k “Remember the Ancestors” Walk/ Run on American Beach
  • Our Melanated History (American Beach, Fernandina Beach, Franklintown)
  • Musical Artists & Guests
  • “Circle of Trust” Tutu creation contest and presentation
  • Food trucks featuring Black vendors
  • Education tents for youth

This Juneteenth, American Beach is the place to be! If you’re a professional, bring the family for fun in the sun while you get those Continuing Education Units!

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