Tag Archives: MaVynee Betsch

De @GullahGeechee een Nassau County: Reframing Who WEBE

It was on the shores of American Beach that the “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Committee of Northeast Florida” held its first, “Worship by the Sea.” Since then, numerous cultural heritage activities have been hosted by the first organization to ever exist in the state of Florida bearing the name “Gullah/Geechee.”

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The Beach Lady MaVynee Betsch: Gullah/Geechee Sacred Ancestor

On January 13, we take the time to honor one of the people that has been inducted into the “Gullah/Geechee Hall of Fame.”  The Beach Lady MaVynee Betsch received the “Gullah/Geechee Anointed Spirit Award” posthumously due to the fact that these awards starting being issued after she made her transition into the realm of sacred …

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The Movement for the American Beach Museum on the Sands of Amelia Island

by Glenda Simmons-Jenkins The team that put the American Beach Museum project in motion has watched it progress through starts and stops to a completed product. Eve Jones had a front-row seat in the process. But she wasn’t sitting down. The Nassau County native grew up in Callahan and lived most of her adult life …

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American Beach: The Economics of Representation during Segregation

American Beach lies on Amelia Island in the Florida area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  This beach opened in 1935 during the segregation era in America and became a haven for all classes of Black people to be able to gather together and enjoy one another.  The businesses along the boardwalk where all Black owned.  Today, …

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