Cynthia Wilson-Graham, co-author of “Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs,” will be the keynote speaker at the Friends of John H. Dickerson Heritage Library’s 18th Annual Author Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Palmetto Club, 1000 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.
Paradise Park was the “colored only” counterpart to Silver Springs, famous for its crystal-clear water and glass bottom boats. From 1949 to 1969, boats passed each other on the Silver River – blacks on one side, whites on the other. Though the patrons of both parks shared the same river, they seldom crossed the invisible line in the water.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King calls the book “a strange and unsettling glimpse of the land of sun and surf in the waning moments of segregation in the South.”
Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Call 386-252-9850 or John H. Dickerson Heritage Library 386-239-6478.
(Photo from book jacket)