“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Clifford J. Newsome


Clifford J. Newsome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
1. Clifford J. Newsome Marker
Inscription. In 1929, C.J. Newsome was a founder of the Atlantic City Board of Trade (ACBT), which became the Black Chamber of Commerce, promoting Atlantic City as a place for African American conventions. An outstanding leader of St. James A.M.E. Church, he belonged to many civic and fraternal organizations. He served as a District Deputy Grand Ruler of the Elks for 19 years. In 1941, over 100,000 people lined up on the city’s Northside to see an Elks Parade, a product of Newsome’s efforts. An Atlantic City Electrical Bureau Inspector, Master Mason and Shriner, he successfully brought African American businesses and conventions to the resort where dollars were spent on the Northside, far from the Boardwalk hotels, from which African Americans were barred. C.J. Newsome operated Newsome’s Guest House, one of many Northside rooming houses that welcomed African American guests. The ACBT lost most of its influence with the advent of the civil rights movement, when the walls of segregation crumbled.
Location. 39° 21.698′ N, 74° 26.056′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of Artic Avenue and Indiana Avenue on Artic Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least
Clifford J. Newsome Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
2. Clifford J. Newsome Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George William Nelson Sr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Herbert Brooks (about 300 feet away); Sara Spencer Washington (about 400 feet away); James L. Usry (about 700 feet away); Jeremiah Leeds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pierre Hollingsworth (approx. ¼ mile away); New Jersey Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic City.
Categories. African AmericansFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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