Inside the Morris Beach community, looking toward the single access road to enter and exit the settlement. Although once an exclusively African American summer resort community, there are increasingly diverse year-round residents as the original owners and their children have gradually less connection to Morris Beach and sell the homes in an open real estate market.
View of Morris Beach from Jobs Point Road Morris Beach, New Jersey, 2000
Jennie Morris was a mortician from Philadelphia in 1939 when she purchased the property from Elijah R. Morehouse for fifteen thousand dollars-creating the Morris Beach community in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The property was subdivided and houses were sold as summer homes to African Americans living in Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Jack Trower’s House
Morris Beach, New Jersey, 2000
Jack Trower was the original owner of this house, located next to the Jennie Morris house, facing the bay. Mr. Trower owned a catering business in Philadelphia. He was well known for a large mahogany speed boat.