A Place of Our Own:
BLACK RESORTS &
THE AFRICAN AMERICAn
RELEASED JANUARY 18th 2004 I 79 MIN
Since the late 19th century, affluent African-Americans have built summer communities to rest, socialize, and expose their children to a positive vision of black life. Some resorts, like Idlewild, Michigan; Cape May, New Jersey; and Fox Lake, Indiana, have fallen into decline.
But other locations, including Sag Harbor, Long Island; Highland Beach, Maryland; American Beach, Florida, and perhaps the best known, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, continue to attract growing numbers of African Americans of means.
A Place of Our Own examines the history, significance, and changing landscape of the African American resort community on Martha’s Vineyard and its significance in the life of filmmaker Stanley Nelson.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Carol Bash, Helen Yum
EDITOR Sandra Christie, Helen Yum