Historically Black beach to be saved as Annapolis parkland

April 5, 2022 | Bay Journal

Photo: Lifeguards gather on the shoreline of Carr’s and Sparrow’s beaches in Annapolis. The Black-owned and operated beaches were a thriving gathering place for generations of Black families. Maryland State Archives

Time was running out to save the last vestige of a rollicking African American getaway on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

The pair of neighboring Jim Crow era resorts once buzzed along the waterfront of the Annapolis Neck peninsula. At their height during the 1950s and ‘60s, Carr’s and Sparrow’s beaches attracted crowds by the thousands who came to relax and enjoy some of the top Black entertainers of the day, from Little Richard to Aretha Franklin.

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