The Shrinking Sands of an African American Beach is about the preservation of Florida's historic American Beach on Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and focuses on saving and protecting the community's heritage. A must-read for anyone interested in African American history, this 3rd edition is a non-fiction account and a powerful memoir of the struggles and changing times of the author's 90-plus-year-old historical African American seaside community. During the segregation era, American Beach was a popular beach for African Americans on the east coast of Florida. Today, like other African American coastal communities, American Beach is in danger of disappearing.
The community, listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, is the northernmost site of 141 sites on the Florida Black Heritage Trail.