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Daily Press article: TNCC screens student film on Bay Shore

Event at TNCC

The Visual Arts department is sponsoring an event showcasing a student documentary called “Bay Shore Beach: The Forgotten Line in the Sand.” It tells the story of historic Bay Shore Beach, which was adjacent to Hampton's Buckroe Beach, and featured the Bay Shore Hotel. It was a popular destination for African-Americans from the late 1800s until the early 1930s when it was devastated by a hurricane. It was rebuilt, but declined in popularity after desegregation and closed in 1973.

The event will include a reception, screening of the 20-minute film at roughly 6:45 - 7 p.m., and a panel discussion beginning at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13.

Jane Hammond
Staff writer

Note: Carl Daniels, Jr. is Telecom's TV Production Instructor

Four Thomas Nelson Community College students have chronicled the history of Buckroe Beach’s famed Bay Shore Hotel with a new documentary.

The 20-minute film will be screened Wednesday night as part of the college’s Black History Month celebration.

Bobbie Moore, the student leader of the documentary, decided to tell the stories of those who visited the black hotel at then-segregated Buckroe Beach as a project to complete her digital video certificate program, according to a news release from TNCC.

Moore and classmates Jerrelle Ocampo, Zion Payton and Carl Daniels Jr. attended the historical marker dedication ceremony for the building last June with cameras and microphones and the film grew from there.

“When we went there and started engaging folks, there were a lot of people who wanted to tell the story,” Moore said in the release. “And it just went from there.”

She first thought it would be a 5- to 10-minute video, but it grew as they kept interviewing those who worked, visited or performed there.

Once completed, professor Cece Wheeler said its coverage of the history of the hotel, at one time one of the premiere vacation spots for African-Americans, needed to be screened for others to see.

An opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. in Templin Hall at the Hampton campus. The screening will start by 7 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, followed by a panel discussion featuring the students and some of the people they interviewed.

All events are free and open to the public.

Jane Hammond, 757-247-4951, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , @byjanehammond