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Black Travel Heritage: Historically Black Beaches in Texas

Black Travel Heritage: Historically Black Beaches in Texas

Does your ideal vacation include endless water, sunny weather, straw brim hats, and stylish outdoor attire? If it does then we are thinking alike. Beaches are some of the best trips to experience and are places in which our culture enjoys. We enjoyed beaches so much that there are a few in Texas which are known to be historical to African Americans. 

So below are 3 black beaches in Texas that you and your family can build sandcastles or lay under the sun.

Historically Black Beaches in Texas

South Padre Island

Clean, picture-perfect, and home to rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, is what should come to mind when thinking or wanting to go to South Padre Island. Located on the Southern Coast of Texas, South Padre Island is a year-round destination that would be loved by all-black southern belles and their families. This 34-mile clearwater tropical beach is what you imagine when you think of a beach location or trip destination, but instead of imagining what it looks like, book your trip to this Southern and historical black beach. 

Mr. D.N. Leathers Sr., Walter Leathers’ Father Celebrating JuneteenthCreator: McCuistion, George, 1878-1928 Date: June 19, 1913 Place: Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas Part of the Collection of African American photographs Description: Man driving a decorated one-horse carriage. Physical Description: 1 photograph on card mount: gelatin silver; 19 x 25 cm File Name: ag2002_1415_3_05_3_r_opt.jpg Rights: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University Digital Collection: Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

Galveston Island

If you didn’t know the city of Galveston has a lot of African American history already and having a beach located there is more African American history that can be added to this prideful city. Galveston Seawall Beach/ Galveston Island now brings a great view to travelers and locals of the Galveston community. With a boardwalk featuring seafood restaurants and storefronts, families can enjoy an hour or two at the beach and then some fun attractions as well. Before the beach was busy with many travelers to this area, African Americans made this beach home and a place to relax from striving to accomplish great things in the community. Now, everyone enjoys Galveston Seawall Beach.

Galveston, Texas. View of beach strand from air.
Geological Survey Bulletin 845 Guidebook of the Western United States: Part F. Southern Pacific Lines.

Mcfaddin Beach

Located in Beaumont, Texas, McFaddin Beach is open to the public for you and your family to explore. This sandy beach is a 20-mile stretch from High Island to the edge of Sea Rim State Park and has a history of archaeologist findings. Some of these findings date back to the earliest people that walked along the Texas coast and the treking of our ancestors through a path called “Beach Road.” Just near the Louisiana border, 15 miles from Port Arthur, 90 miles east of Houston, and 12 miles west of the town of Sabine Pass, McFaddin Beach is a perfect location for families to gather and enjoy the fun in the sun. 

Everything is always said to be bigger and better in Texas and these beach attractions are proof of just that. Never question what to do while traveling to this state, just use this beach guide to explore. 




Terrianna Mccullough

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