During the 50's and early 60's, Anne Arundel County was still segregated and the beaches for Negroes were Carr's Beach and Sparrow's Beach in Annapolis, and the beach communities of Highland Beach, Arundel-On-The-Bay and Columbia Beach in the county. Carr's Beach was the most famous of the beaches and was affectionately called "The Beach". During the week "The Beach" was a place for day camp, church picnics, etc. But on the week-ends especially Sunday afternoons, Carr's Beach had the unique distinction of being a major stop on the "Chitlin Circuit".
Saturday nights grown-ups would go to the beach and see stars such as Ray Charles, Bill Doggett, Dinah Washington, Author Prysock, etc. Sunday afternoons was family fun. Thousands of people from as far away as Philly would come to the beach to swim and picnic. But at three o'clock it was show time and people would pack into the pavilion to see and dance to the Major R&B stars of the day. Stars such as Little Richard, James Brown, Lloyd Price, Etta James, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Drifters. You name 'em, they played Carr's Beach.
Physically, Carr's Beach no longer exists. Carr's Beach is a memory still upfront in the minds of many people "The Beach" then and now united people, it was ours in a land and a time that tried it's best to deprive us and keep us "in our place". When you talk to people today about The Beach, they can't stop talking , You see in their faces and hear in their voices ..GOOD TIMES.. PRIDE... A SENSE OF BELONGING. "The Beach" was sacred ground.
all intents and purposes of this project, the Carr's Beach Community, is the
African American community encompassed in a circle radiating out on both sides of the
Chesapeake Bay with Annapolis, MD being the hub. We're talking about Baltimore, DC,
the Eastern Shore, southern Pennsylvania, southern Maryland, Delaware and points beyond.
The Carr's Beach Community is dedicated to the following mission...
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