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Dizzy Gillespie
Film helps African-Americans remember a lively Carr's Beach
Film helps African-Americans remember a lively Carr's Beach

Decades ago, a trip to segregated Ocean City presented far too many challenges for African-American families. Instead they went to a sandy peninsula near Annapolis, known as "the beach," for a day's outing. Carr's Beach — its proper name — offered swimming, picnics and entertainment. Many recall performances by up-and-coming stars such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Ray Charles, who, while touring on the Chitlin' Circuit, stopped at Carr's, one of the few local venues open to black entertainers of that time. "I remember it was the closest we could get to the water," said Delores McIntyre, 79, a lifelong city resident. "The water...

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