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Iyshia Lowman’s Homestead Beach report published by the National Park Service!

Congratulations to USF graduate student, Iyshia Lowman, for her recently published report by the National Park Service entitled, Jim Crow at the Beach: An Oral and Archival History of the Segregated Past at Homestead Bayfront Park. Charles Lawson, NPS Cultural Resource Manager, Biscayne National Park, Florida, who funded the study about this previously undocumented aspect […]

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Homestead Beach final deliverable in the making

I took another trip to Homestead and Miami in the past couple of weeks.  I visited the archives department of the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation department as well as History Miami to search through photos and documents.  The picture below is one among the photos that I have found of the swimming lessons given at the North […]

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Homestead project on WRBG internet radio

Here is the link to the discussion/interview I had with host, Melvina Ravenel on Gullah Geechie news.  It provides a basic discussion about the project:

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Homestead Beach May visit

The scope of the project has been changed from community identity to place, sense of place, and how culture creates place.  This will possibly align better with the efforts and examining the beach.  It will be compared to other previously segregated beaches in the area including Virginia Key beach. This visit included an interview with a […]

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Homestead Beach February visit

For this trip to Homestead I was only able to interview one person.  He happened to have worked for Miami-Dade County in the past, but is currently an artist.  Another possible interviewee stated that he may have some pictures that can be used for the project.  He is also another employee of the National Park […]

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Homestead Beach January visit

The first two days were for participant observation and archival and library research specifically.  The third day was set for 1 interview and archival research.  I went to the Homestead library, the downtown Miami Library, and History Miami Museum to conduct archival research.  At Homestead library I was able to find some resources that depicted […]

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Homestead Beach December visit and 1st interviews

On Thursday I met with  a contact at the Gold Coast Railroad museum in Miami, FL.  He showed some paintings that he had drawn about black beaches but no artifacts and photos from Homestead Bayfront Beach as he stated before.  He, however, arranged a meeting with a local artist who had visited the beach in […]

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Homestead Beach Society for Applied Anthropology conference

This past week a poster for this project was submitted to the Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Baltimore. The poster outlined the project’s details, including photos and future aspirations for the study. Next year, this project will be presented in a paper submission.

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Homestead Bayfront Beach details

This project in cooperation with Biscayne National Park is a study on the beach during the 1950s-1960s. We are looking for people who have had experience or knowledge of the beach and the city of Homestead in general for interviews conducted by Iyshia Lowman, Master’s of Applied Anthropology student at the University of South Florida. […]

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Homestead Bayfront Beach Project NEW!

In association with Biscayne National Park, USF graduate student Iyshia Lowman, working with the Heritage Research Lab, is gathering oral histories, photographs, and artifacts associated with Homestead Bayfront Beach during the period of the 1950s and 1960s. This project is an effort to record the history of the Homestead community as it transitioned from the […]

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