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Lu Vickers, Paradise Park

  • 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE
  • Palm Coast, FL 32137
  • Overview

    In 1949, during the Jim Crow era, Silver Springs’ owners Carl Ray and Shorty Davidson did something unique: they created a place for African-American tourists. Located downriver, they dubbed their creation “Paradise Park for Colored People”. From 1949 to 1969, the former Silver Springs boat captain Eddie Vereen ran one of the most popular places for African Americans to visit in the country.