A PLACE OF OUR OWN


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Filmmaker Stanley Nelson sits with his mother, laughing on the porch of their summer home
Photo of the New England summer house in Oak Bluffs
“Oak Bluffs was the place where I could be around black folks like me; the only place I could feel at home…”
1960šs photo of a group having fun on the beach
For generations of affluent African Americans, there was only one summer sanctuary: the New England beach town of Oak Bluffs. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson returns to his childhood vacation home, opening a window into questions of family, color and class.

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