New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
People did enjoy themselves here. By the 1950s, Bethune-Volusia Beach (its corporate name) was a popular destination for swimming, fishing, picnicking, and car racing. Crowds also came for live music, dancing, and—as more than one informant recalled—dressing to be seen. Central Floridans made up most of the day users, but others journeyed great distances to stay in a motel and private houses. From New Smyrna to Atlanta and Pittsburgh, black Americans knew about Bethune Beach.
Bethune herself envisioned a big, year-round resort controlled by African Americans but opened to "all people." yet
Erected by Volusia County.
Location. 28° 57.025′ N, 80° 50.359′ W. Marker is in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on South Atlantic Avenue 0.1 miles south of Kingfish Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6656 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach FL 32169, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mound Builders (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Gabordy Canal (approx. 5.8 miles away); Coronado Beach House (approx. 6 miles away); Site of Old Stone Wharf (approx. 6.8 miles away); The New Smyrna Odyssey (approx. 7.1 miles away); Turnbull Canal (approx. 7.2 miles away); 1768 British Colony of New Smyrna (approx. 7.3 miles away); Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Smyrna Beach.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 113 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.