There are are still many historically Black resort towns; places that were founded or frequented by families prior to 1964. Ronald J. Stephens, author of Idlewild: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of A Unique African American Resort Town, talks about his research and experience with Idlewild, Michigan. It includes, humble beginnings in the forest, the entertainment, singers and dancers, regional Idlewild clubs, and a colorful character whose act was exposed.
Listen and discover a place, affectionately called, Black Eden, that created summer memories for generations of families. Today the town is being embraced as some look forward to a revival of times past.
“Like two playful children, my wife and I ran through the woods, drank the turpentine water that collected in the boxes of the pine trees, picked berries, waded streams, ’til we found our cheeks glowing with the hot blood of youth.”
-The Crisis Magazine, August 1917