By Johnny L. Ford (as told to Ron Daise, with Illustrations by Natalie Daise)
It was a privilege to illustrate Mr. Johnny Ford's memories of McKenzie Beach, which had been the Black Beach in the Pawleys Island Community of Georgetown County, SC. The tides and storms have washed away all but the smallest remnants of this magical beach, and the rest live in the memories of our elders.
“Mr. Ford’s memories are of a place of wonder, Black history, and Gullah culture.” It's important to gather the stories of our elders and pass them down.