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Remembering Paradise Park

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 6:30 pm

Remembering Paradise Park

Tuesday, February 22 @ 6:30 pm on ZOOM

In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs’ owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation “Paradise Park for Colored People” and put Eddie Vereen in charge. From 1949 to 1969, the former Silver Springs boat captain ran one of the most popular places for African Americans to visit.

About the presenter: Lu Vickers has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for fiction for excerpts for a novel in progress. She has also been the recipient of two Florida Book awards and three Florida Individual Artist Fellowships for fiction. In addition to writing “Remembering Paradise Park” (with C. Graham), she has written the novel “Breathing Underwater” and three other Florida history books: “Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids”, “Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland”, and “Weeki Wachee: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography”, with Bonnie Georgiadis.

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This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and Delray Beach Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Remembering Paradise Park

1 person per entry
Organizer: Isabella Rowan