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African American Resorts: Fox Lake, Angola, Indiana

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Join the Gist of freedom and guest Marian Douglas-Ungaro as we discuss the history of African American Resorts! Join us in NYC www.MalcolmXfilmfestival.com

The Fox Lake resort community was developed specifically for African Americans in the 1930s. Similar to other ethnic groups, African Americans chose to build their own institutions because they enjoyed the fellowship with their family, friends and colleagues. These enclaves were not established for us by us simply because we were rejected by Jim Crow. Today, in contrary to the myth that blacks rather integrate than celebrate and preserve their heritage, Fox Lake is still a successful black community. Its traditions are still maintained by many second- and third-generation owners, who occupy a large number of the cottages.

Fox Lake was also a recreational destination for young African Americans who lived within driving distance. They came to swim at the beach, dance and socialize. During World War II, black troops stationed at Baer Field in Fort Wayne were invited to the resort during their free weekends. Numerous annual meetings of black fraternal organizations, churches and alumni groups were also held at the resort.

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