Recapturing the stories of Black beaches

The Zwaanendael Museum wants to hear your stories and the stories of those you care about!

“Recapturing Black Beaches: A Shared Story Project” is an oral history initiative designed to memorialize and uplift stories of what it has been like to recreate at Delaware’s beaches as a person of color throughout history. These stories will be used for educational purposes and use will be determined by permissions granted by participants.

Volunteers may participate as storytellers, sharing their memories with oral history project staff, or as interviewers, recording conversations between themselves and someone that they know and care about.

To participate in the project, fill out this online form or click here to download a printable version that can be submitted via email or mail: Mail printed forms directly to 102 Kings HWY, Lewes, DE 19958 or send them via email to

For questions or to learn more, contact the Zwaanendael Museum at (302) 645-1148 or

Photo of bathers at Rehoboth, Del.
Bathing at Rehoboth, Del. – stamp: 1c Benjamin Franklin, Caley Postcard Collection, Courtesy of Delaware Public Archives

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