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Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Marilyn Van Derbur

Denver, CO

 

— Miss America 1958 —

 
Marilyn Van Derbur Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, July 24, 2020
1. Marilyn Van Derbur Marker
Inscription.  
"Tonight I break my silence....It means speaking the unspeakable word. saying the specific word that I was never able to say not to Larry (my husband) or Jennifer, my daughter. Saying the ugliest six-letter word in the English language. The word is 'incest.' From age 5 to 18, I was a victim of incest. Tonight I stand before you, an incest survivor. A list of all my accomplishments together—times 100, pale before the only real accomplishment in my life, said in only three words. I survived incest."

"A Victim's Story," Denver Post, (Colorado), 5/9/1991
 
Erected by Miss America Organization.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsScience & MedicineWomen. In addition, it is included in the Miss America Walk series list.
 
Location. 39° 21.585′ N, 74° 26.17′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on North Michigan Avenue just north of Atlantic Avenue, on the left when
Marilyn Van Derbur Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, July 24, 2020
2. Marilyn Van Derbur Marker
traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 N Michigan Ave, Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sharon Ritchie (here, next to this marker); Marian McKnight (here, next to this marker); Lee Meriwether (here, next to this marker); Mary Ann Mobley (here, next to this marker); Lynda Mead (here, next to this marker); Nancy Fleming (a few steps from this marker); Maria Fletcher (a few steps from this marker); Jacqueline Mayer (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
Additional keywords. incest, child abuse, mental health
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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