Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston and Tom Baskett will discuss the history of Bethune Beach during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
Dr. Preston is a local historian and author, and Baskett is Volusia County’s public historian,
They will explain how Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and other investors purchased the oceanfront property in the 1940s to provide a place for African-Americans to enjoy the ocean at a time when most Florida beaches were closed to them.
Reservations are not required. For more information, call the library at 386-424-2910, option 4.