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Newsflash

ABPOA looks forward to hosting our Anniversary Celebration in January.

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Florida's First African-American Resort Community

American Beach is located on Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville, Florida located between two upscale sentinels -- the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and Amelia Island Plantation.. Founded in 1935 by Abraham Lincoln Lewis, American Beach was created as a vacation haven for African-Americans, for whom access to other resorts was denied in the days before desegregation. In the early 1930s, A.L. Lewis, Florida's first black millionaire and president of Florida's first insurance company, the Afro-American Insurance Company in Jacksonville, bought 200 acres of prime Florida beachfront so his employees could enjoy the Florida shore.

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Real Estate
  • Ruby Cove of Historic American Beach, is located on Amelia Island ony 4 blocks from the oceanfront.

 

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The Beach Lady

MaVynee MaVynee Betsch known as "The Beach Lady", was born on January 13, 1935, in Jacksonville, Florida. The daughter of John Thomas Betsch, Sr. and Mary Frances Lewis Betsch, Ms. Betsch was strongly influenced by her great-grandfather A.L. Lewis whose legacy she protected and advanced for 30 years. A.L. Lewis, one of seven founders of the Afro-American Life Insurance Co., was a major businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. The insurance company that he founded, the Afro-American, was the first insurance company in the state of Florida, and he became Jacksonville, Florida's first black millionaire.

 

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A.L. Lewis Historical Society

Carol Alexander, President of the Historical Society, seeks photographs and orher paraphernalia pertaining to American Beach's history from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s to be copied and included in the Museum's exhibits. All photographs will be returned immediately.

A museum exhibits contractor is currently putting together the displays to be installed and presented.

Please contact Ms. Alexander ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 
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