Hundreds of people descended on American Beach on the Saturday before last for the unveiling of a new historical marker at NaNa, the sand dune that is now a part of the National Park Service thanks to the tireless work of MaVynne Betsch, best known as The Beach Lady.
The event was co-hosted by the National Park Serviceâs Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and the American Beach Property Owners Association, with contributions and participation by Nassau County, local residents, and neighboring businesses.
The Beach Lady campaigned for the preservation of American Beach, and through her efforts a ten-acre corridor, including NaNa and Evansâ Rendezvous on the oceanfront, became public property in the Timucuan Preserve and the Nassau County Park System. The marker unveiled on Saturday, April 18th, was the third in a planned series of ten.
The National Park Service unveiled two exhibit panels at the sand dune, which will be permanently installed later this spring. The exhibits placed at NaNa will make the story of American Beach available to visitors and our local community. The exhibits briefly discuss the heyday of the beach, which was founded in 1935, and show historic and modern photographs of activities at the beach. The design of the exhibits lets the large photographs of people enjoying the beach speak to the atmosphere and importance of American Beach during a time of racial segregation.