“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

Civil Rights Wade-Ins

Civil Rights Wade-Ins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 5, 2013
1. Civil Rights Wade-Ins Marker
Inscription. On May 14, 1959, April 24, 1960, and June 23, 1963, the Biloxi beach front was the site of planned civil rights wade-ins demanding equal access to the public beach. On April 24, 1960, several citizens, both black and white, were injured and arrested, including the leader of the wade-ins, physician Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. This series of protests gave birth to the Biloxi branch of the NAACP, major voter registration drives in 1960, and a 1968 federal court ruling opening the beach to all citizens.
Erected 2009 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Location. 30° 23.639′ N, 88° 54.099′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Porter Avenue, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 90. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Biloxi Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Biloxi Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Moran Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Robinson-Maloney-Dantzler House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville (about 500 feet away); City of Biloxi, Mississippi (about 500 feet away); Cathedral of the Nativity (B.V.M.) (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Magnolia Hotel (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Biloxi.
Also see . . .  50th Anniversary of Biloxi Wade-ins. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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