Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name
Historic Atlantic City: Missouri Avenue, 1900-1950's
Between 1900 and the early 1950s, African-Americans were socially restricted to use the Missouri Avenue Beach Area.
Since many vacationing Black families arrived with chicken-laden hampers, the strip became affectionately named “Chicken Bone Beach.”
Visiting Black entertainers, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., “Moms” Mabley and the Club Harlem Showgirls enhanced the Black party atmosphere.
Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicken Bone Beach, circa 1940s. Background: Million Dollar Pier (currently "The Pier Shops At Caesar’s"). Designated as an Historical Landmark on August 6, 1997, Chicken Bone Beach survives as a symbol of family unity and African-American Brotherhood. (Photo by John W. Moseley - courtesy of the Charles I. Blockson, Afro-American Collection, Temple University.)
Captain William “Rube" Albouy. Lifeguard, 1925-1955. As many as 5,000 swimmers were assisted by the patrol of six lifeguards, headed by the first Black captain, William “Rube” Albouy, from 1947 to 1955.
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Location. 39° 21.275′ N, 74° 26.144′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of Boardwalk and So. Missouri Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Boardwalk. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spanish War Marker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of the Miss America Pageant (about 300 feet away); Camp Boardwalk (about 300 feet away); Atlantic City Workers Monument (about 600 feet away); Casino Control Act (about 600 feet away); New Jersey Korean War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Jeremiah Leeds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pierre Hollingsworth (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic City.
Also see . . . "Jazz on the Beach" - Series 2010. - presented by the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation.
Categories. • African Americans • Entertainment • Landmarks • Waterways & Vessels •
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