After emancipation and through the Civil Rights era, African Americans were routinely denied access to beaches, swimming pools, and other sites of leisure and entertainment, not only in the Jim Crow South but also in many parts of the North and West. There were several beaches throughout the US that were called “The Inkwell” during the 20th century, mostly by white Americans referring to dark-skinned, Black beach-goers. Black folks frequenting the beaches reclaimed “The Inkwell”, fashioning these beach spaces into communities of culture, affluence, and leisure. Two of the most historic Inkwell beaches happen to be on opposite sides of the country – in Santa Monica, California and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Postcard printed on 16pt C2S, 5"x7"
Philadelphia Printworks and BLK MKT Vintage bring you “Freedom Summer” a collaborative collection from the Reclaim BLK series focused on the nostalgia of past Summer activities used by African Americans as a tactic of subversion and self-care. It is a call to action to re-engage in these activities during the current climate of political unrest. It is also a commemoration of these activities. The name of the collection is a reference to the 1964 voter registration drive of the same name.
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