Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fannie Lou Hamer
Jim Crow Grounded in Atlantic City
"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired"
Born the twentieth child of sharecropper parents, Fannie Lou attended a "mass meeting" in 1962 held by the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the age of 44. Learning about voting rights at the meeting inspired Fannie Lou to register for herself. She and her husband Perry were fired from the Sunflower County, Mississippi plantation where they lived and worked for 18 years after the owner was informed of her activity. Ms. Hamer went to work as a Field Organizer for SNCC and became a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) in 1964. The MFDP was formed to expose the Jim Crow Laws which were embraced by the Mississippi State Democratic Committee.
She and fellow MFDP members arrived in Atlantic City to attend the Democratic National Convention to unseat the all white, all male Mississippi Delegation in August of 1964. Fannie Lou appeared before the Credentials Committee of August 22, 1954 and gave historic testimony recounting the beatings and intimidation
In the end the MFDP failed to be seated at the Atlantic City Convention. Less than one year later President Johnson signed into law the 1965 Voting Rights Act which dismantled Jim Crow laws throughout the South At the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago Fannie Lou Hamer became the first Black delegate since Reconstruction and the first woman ever seated in the Mississippi Delegation with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
Erected 2020 by The Black Leadership Advisory Committee of UNITE HERE! Local 54, C. Robert McDevitt, President; New Jersey Casino Redevelopment Authority, Matthew J. Doherty, Executive Director.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Government & Politics • Law Enforcement. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1964.
Location. 39° 21.223′ N, 74° 26.268′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic CountyTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. John L. Lewis (here, next to this marker); Workers' Memorial Monument (a few steps from this marker); Atlantic City Workers Monument (a few steps from this marker); A. Phillip Randolph (a few steps from this marker); Walter P. Reuther (a few steps from this marker); Seymour "Pinky" Kravitz (within shouting distance of this marker); Casino Control Act (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Boardwalk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 23, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.