WATCH I A PLACE OF OUR OWN: BLACK RESORTS AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN
A PLACE OF OUR OWN: BLACK RESORTS AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN
RELEASED JANUARY 18th 2004 I 79 MIN
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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.