The Attucks Theatre on Church Street in Norfolk, Va., then called the Booker T. Theatre, was one of dozens of local businesses listed in the early 20th-century “Green Book” guide that advised Black Americans of safe options to patron.

Several years ago, Reginald Robinson found himself at Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia, trying to point out to his wife exactly where he’d spent so much time playing in the sand as a young kid.

Living in Richmond in the 1960s, Robinson and his parents would travel often to then-Bay Shore Beach and stay at the Bay Shore Hotel, like thousands of other Black Americans up and down the East Coast.

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