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Fort Lauderdale Beaches Wade-Ins

 
 
Fort Lauderdale Beaches Wade-Ins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, November 28, 2012
1. Fort Lauderdale Beaches Wade-Ins Marker
Inscription. On July 4, 1961, local NAACP president Eula Johnson and black physician Dr. Von D. Mizell began a series of nationally publicized "wade-ins" of Fort Lauderdale beaches. Johnson, Mizell, a third black adult, and four black college students participated in the first "wade-in." As many as 200 African-American residents took part in subsequent "wade-ins" during July and August 1961. The demonstrations were prompted by Broward County's failure to build a road to provide access to "Colored Beach," the only beach available for people of color. In 1954, the county had purchased the beach (now part of John U. Lloyd State Park), promising African-Americans beach access and amenities. By 1961, the beach still lacked tables, restrooms, shelter, and fresh water, and only members of the black community served as lifeguards. On August 12, 1961, the City of Fort Lauderdale filed suit in Broward County Circuit Court against Johnson, Mizell, and the NAACP in an attempt to stop the "wade-ins." Nearly a year later, on July 11, 1962, Judge Ted Cabot denied the city's request. The decision effectively desegregated the county's beaches and marked a turning point in the struggle to desegregate all public facilities in Broward County.
 
Erected 2011 by The City of Fort Lauderdale, The Florida Department of State. (Marker
Wade-Ins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, November 28, 2012
2. Wade-Ins Marker
Beautiful December day on the beach.
Number F-716.)
 
Location. 26° 7.154′ N, 80° 6.271′ W. Marker is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Fort Lauderdale Blvd. (State Road 1A) and E. Las Olas Blvd., on the right when traveling north on S. Fort Lauderdale Blvd.. Click for map. Located directly to the right of the 1911-2011 Fort Lauderdale "100" centennial sign. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lauderdale FL 33304, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Haulover (approx. 0.4 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Ivy Julia Cromartie Stranahan (approx. 2 miles away); The Stranahan House (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (approx. 2.1 miles away); Oliver Building (approx. 2.5 miles away); Colonial Hotel (approx. 2.5 miles away); Museum Building (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Lauderdale.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sun Sentinel Article: Marker will commemorate 1961 Fort Lauderdale beach wade-in. News article written by Scott Wyman for publication on July 13, 2010. (Submitted on December 17, 2012, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

2. Ft. Lauderdale Marks Anniversary Of End Of Beach Segregation. CBS Miami report of 50th anniversary of desegregation event on
Marker Alongside Latest Fort Lauderdale Beach Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, November 28, 2012
3. Marker Alongside Latest Fort Lauderdale Beach Exhibit
As part of Fort Lauderdale's Light up the Beach event this year (Nov 2012) two giant lighted styrofoam and plastic bottle fish at Las Olas Blvd and A1A were constructed near the marker to kick off the holiday season.
July 4, 2011. (Submitted on December 17, 2012, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
Fort Lauderdale Beaches Wade-Ins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bob Marshall, October 21, 2011
4. Fort Lauderdale Beaches Wade-Ins Marker
Marker can be seen to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bob Marshall of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 966 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   4. submitted on , by Bob Marshall of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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