About Us

Welcome to American Beach

American Beach Museum on Amelia Island remembers the historic African American journey of vision, struggle, joy and triumph and celebrates the preservation of this historic site. American Beach founded in 1935 by the Afro American Insurance Company president, A. L. Lewis for “recreation and relaxation without humiliation” during the era of Jim Crow. American Beach was also a place of hope in an era of despair.

Photographs, text, artifacts, videography and a unique display on the legacy of A. L. Lewis’s great granddaughter MaVynee Oshun Betsch “The Beach Lady,” recounts the beach’s history and preservation.