Milford Museum to present program at library about Rosedale Beach


MILFORD — The Milford Museum is continuing its American History Series with a program about Rosedale Beach.

Presented by Tamara R. Burks, the event will be June 8 at 1 p.m. at the Milford Public Library, 11 S E Front Street.

She will discuss the preintegration era of the 20th century, during which there were few places for people of color to go for entertainment and hotel accommodations.

This lack of amenities led Rosedale Beach, along the Indian River Bay, to become a destination for many along the East Coast. The resort included a hotel, a boardwalk, a dance hall, a beach area, a campground and an amusement park.

Well-known visitors included Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder.

Ms. Burks has a background in journalism, media studies and historical research and interpretation. She is a graduate of Delaware State University, where she received a degree in journalism and served as an editor for the Hornet Newspaper.

She then went on to receive her master’s degree in media studies at The New School for Social Research in New York City. She works as a corporations specialist for the Delaware Division of Corporations.

These American History Series programs take place the second Saturday of each month and are sponsored through a grant from the Delaware Heritage Commission.

For information, contact the museum at 302-424-1080 or tom@milforddemuseum.org.

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