Museum Renaming at American Beach
The A. L. Lewis Historical Society is renaming the the American Beach Museum the A. L. Lewis Museum at American Beach. The new museum sign will be unveiled on Sept. 5 at 11:00 am. The design of the new sign is vintage-inspired emerald green, burgundy and gold with an art relief image of A. L. Lewis, founder of American Beach.
The unveiling will be an outdoor activity attended by Dr. A. L. Lewis’ great-grandchildren, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and John Thomas Betsch who are also the siblings of the “Beach Lady,” MaVynee Betsch. “This date, was chosen to specifically and spiritually memorialize MaVynee Oshun Betsch who transitioned on Sept. 5, 2005. It also commemorates the inaugural opening of the American Beach Museum, Sept. 5, 2014.” said Carol J. Alexander, Executive Director/ Curator, A. L. Lewis Museum.
The event will feature a dedication by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, a drum tribute by John Betsch, and Rahman Johnson will facilitate a special African ceremonial ritual pouring of libation giving homage to the legacies of A.L. Lewis, MaVynee Bestch and other ancestors of American Beach.
The museum is at 1600 Julia Street.