Bay Shore Hotel opened here in 1898 as a cooperative venture by 60 African Americans to establish a coastal resort for blacks from across the South during the segregation era. Ravaged by an August 1933 hurricane, it was rebuilt and operated until 1973. It had a dance pavilion, café, private beach, and amusement park, and hosted state and national conferences, sporting events, and concerts, along with honeymoons, family vacations, and day trips. Jazz greats Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington performed here, and pioneering African American groups, the American Bridge Association and Tri-State Dental Association, now the National Dental Association, held their founding meetings here.
Original Sponsor: Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau
Geographic Location: Hampton
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location: TBD, near Buckroe Beach (slightly south), Hampton VA.
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