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

Vanessa Williams

Millwood, NY

— Miss America 1984 (Sept. 17, 1983 - July 23, 1984) —

Vanessa Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 24, 2020
1. Vanessa Williams Marker
"Diversity is appreciated a lot more than in the 1950s when there were problems with racial issues. There is still bigotry and racism going on. But there are also a majority of people who aren't thinking about it. I have had no severe problems growing up. I have been called names, every black person has been discriminated against at some point; I am sure I have been. But now I know it is not half as hard to make it as 20 years ago."

Jacqueline Trescott, "Her Crowning Achievement," The Washington Post, 9/20/1983, p. C1
Erected by Miss America Organization.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Miss America Walk series list.
Location. 39° 21.577′ N, 74° 26.15′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on North Michigan Avenue just north of Atlantic Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 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. Debra Muffett (here, next to this marker); Susan Powell (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Ward (here, next to this marker); Cheryl Prewitt (here, next to this marker); Suzette Charles (here, next to this marker); Sharlene Wells (here, next to this marker); Debbye Turner (here, next to this marker); Kellye Cash (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
Regarding Vanessa Williams. Vanessa Williams is notable as the first Miss America of African American descent. Unfortunately, she is also notable as the first Miss America to resign due to nude photos of her being published in an adult magazine.
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 118 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 25, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Nov. 30, 2023