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Rosedale Beach: A Portrait of a Delaware Institution.


In celebration of Juneteenth, The Zwaanendael Museum welcomes Tamera Burks to discuss the Rosedale Beach Hotel and Resort. Originally presented on June 18th, 2022.

Rosedale Beach was a resort and hotel which was in operation from the early 1900’s to the
1970’s in Millsboro, DE. The resort once featured a hotel, boardwalk, dance hall, picnic area,
beach area and some of the best entertainment anywhere in the nation at the time including:
Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, James Brown, Cab Calloway , Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fatts
Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Wilson and Stevie Wonder.

Tamara Burks has a background in Journalism, Media Studies and Historical Research and Interpretation. She graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelors degree in Journalism , and received her Master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York City, NY. She was a historical researcher and archive keeper for the Federal New York African Burial Ground Project in New York City, and a historical interpreter and researcher with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. Inspired by the stories she heard of from her father, Tamera has been researching, presenting, and leading efforts to remember and memorialize Rosedale Beach for over a decade.

Visit our virtual exhibit- Segregated Sands: Delaware’s Segregated Beaches During the Jim Crow Era.

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