Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with and held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Rd. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the lecture at 7 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

Mandarin Community Club

BRITTANY COHILL: Recovering and Reclaiming Manhattan Beach

In honor of Black History Month, Brittany Cohill, Mandarin resident and Instructor of History at Jacksonville University, will present on the history of Manhattan Beach, FL, Florida’s first African American Beach Resort in the segregated South. With no visible site evidence of this once-vibrant coastal retreat, “Recovering and Reclaiming Manhattan Beach” uses archival sources, oral histories, and a handful of the only known photographs to piece together its timeline (1900-1940s). The presentation places the site within the context of Jim Crow segregation while paying special attention to the founding of Manhattan Beach (located at present-day Hanna Park in Jacksonville), the role it played in Jacksonville’s African American community, and the factors that led to its demise. Brittany will talk about the journey to “reclaiming” Manhattan Beach through the installation and unveiling of a Florida state historical marker. Attendees will also learn of Manhattan Beach’s connection to the Mandarin community.