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How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name

Historic Atlantic City: Missouri Avenue, 1900-1950's

 
 
"How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 10, 2010
1. "How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name" Marker
Inscription.
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: chickenbonebeach@juno.com.

[Photo captions:]

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.

Produced by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority & Atlantic City Special Improvement District.
 
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How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name Marker - Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 10, 2010
2. How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name Marker -
close-up of photo from the 1940s - view toward the Million Dollar Pier.
the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority & Atlantic City Special Improvement District.
 
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. (Submitted on October 12, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainmentLandmarksWaterways & Vessels
 
Chicken Bone Beach today - off-season Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 10, 2010
3. Chicken Bone Beach today - off-season
- view toward the Boardwalk at Missouri Avenue. Note advertising on "The Pier Shops At Caesar’s" (the old Million Dollar Pier, at right), including posters for "Boardwalk Empire" the hit television mini-series about Atlantic City in the 1920s.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,948 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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