In a green wig, Guy Forchion, director of Virginia Key Beach Park, stands outside a karaoke tent with a friend on Saturday, where a festival commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the park took place. Caitlin Granfield For the Miami Herald
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Saturday marked the 70th birthday of Virginia Key Beach Park, famous not only for its clear water, carousel, and uninhibited views, but for its historical significance as being the first “colored only” beach in Miami-Dade County.
In May 1945, seven black people orchestrated a “wade-in” at Haulover Beach in defiance of segregation-era Jim Crow laws that prohibited blacks from sharing beaches, among many other places, with whites. Police were called but were instructed by local government officials not to cite or arrest them. As a way to ease race restrictions in recreational places, the county chose the Atlantic-facing area of Virginia Key shortly after the wade-in, to become “Virginia Key Beach, a Dade County Park for the exclusive use of Negroes.”
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