Charles Remond Douglass. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

United States – Charles and Laura Douglass, Highland Beach Resort

Highland Beach Resort is one of the most prominent resort towns in Highland Beach in Maryland. Charles and Laura Douglass established the town in 1893, originally naming it Arundel-on-the-Bay.

Charles was a son of Frederick Douglass and a Civil War veteran who had bought the Highland land after another Maryland resort denied him entry. In 1922, Highland became the first Black town incorporated in the state. It became the first African American municipality in Maryland.