Before the Civil Rights movement brought forth change in the United States, the country was still very much segregated in the 1950’s and Miami was not excluded.
Here’s a photo of a woman holding a “Virginia Beach” sign after a hurricane blew it down. The sign itself is an official Dade County sign and has the words “Colored Only” plastered on it. In 1945, Virginia Key Beach was touted as “the only public beach for the ‘exclusive use of Negroes’ in Dade County.”
A cringing memory and reminder of the nation’s awful history. But if its any positive, at least the beach has received funding to be preserved and protected as a nationally recognized historic place of interest.
Courtesy of State Library & Archives of Florida.