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Va. beach resort for African-Americans honored

Saturday - 4/12/2014, 10:53am  ET

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- A coastal resort in Hampton for African Americans throughout the South is being recognized with a Virginia historical marker.

Approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the marker will recognize the Bay Shore Hotel, which opened in 1898 as a cooperative venture by 60 African Americans as a beach resort. It was ravaged by an August 1933 hurricane but was rebuilt and operated until 1973.

During its heyday, the Bay Shore attracted jazz legends Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, who all performed there.

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