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Hampton History Museum: BayShore Exhibit Opens

September 18, 2021

African Americans in many waterfront communities who were denied access to public beaches pooled resources to create their own coastal retreats. Many became vacation destination spots featuring hotels, music halls and amusement parks. All created special memories including swimming, church services, family fun, and formal dances. Two complementary exhibits explore some of these special places.

Museum admission is free on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, February 27, 2022.

7th Annual BayShore Experience Event and Display

Saturday, September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join hosts Reginald Robinson and Judy Leonard for the annual celebration of “The Vacation Paradise of the South.” Take a stroll down memory lane of the beloved Hampton seaside resort for African Americans during the Jim Crow Era. Robinson and Leonard will perform skits and sing-alongs, enlighten with history and stories, honor the BayShore Hall of Fame 2021 class, and present the 2021 Charles H. William Award of Leadership.


September 18, 2021
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Hampton History Museum
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Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669 United States
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