“The Ink Well”
A Place Of Celebration and Pain
The beach near this site between Bay and Bicknell Streets, known by some as "the Ink Well”, was an important gathering place for African Americans long after racial restrictions on public beaches were abandoned in 1927.
African-American groups from Santa Monica, Venice, and Los Angeles, as early as the 1920s to the end of the Jim Crow era in the 1950s, preferred to enjoy the sun and surf here because they encountered less racial harassment than at other Southland beaches.
In the 1940s, Nick Gabaldon, a Santa Monica High School student and the first documented black surfer, taught himself how to surf here.
Location. 34° 0.321′ N, 118° 29.49′ W. Marker is in Santa Monica, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Bay Street west of Ocean Avenue. Touch for map. Located next to the beach near the end of Bay Street. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Monica CA 90405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Monica Pier (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Santa Monica Pier Carousel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shotgun House (approx. half a mile away); Ocean Park Branch Library
Also see . . . The Legendary Black Surfer Who Challenged Stereotypes (Atlas Obscura, 10/4/18). (Submitted on October 8, 2018.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 8, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.