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Gulfport in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gulfport Civil Rights Wade-In

 
 
Gulfport Civil Rights Wade-In Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 5, 2013
1. Gulfport Civil Rights Wade-In Marker
Inscription. Near this spot on April 17 and April 24, 1960, Gulfport NAACP president Dr. Felix Dunn and his family joined in peaceful "wade-in" demonstrations to challenge the laws denying African-Americans use of the beach. Gulfport police officers removed the protestors but filed no charges. In Biloxi, similar protests led to arrests and white mob violence. These protests prompted the first intervention of the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Justice Department challenging Mississippi's segregationist laws and practices.
 
Erected 2011 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 30° 21.688′ N, 89° 6.199′ W. Marker is in Gulfport, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 90 and 8th Street, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 90. Touch for map. Located across the street from the Island View Casino parking garage. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3300 West Beach Boulevard, Gulfport MS 39501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Magnolia Route (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ship Island
Beach near marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 5, 2013
2. Beach near marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); 1863 East Pascagoula Raid (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dr. Felix Henry Dunn (approx. 0.9 miles away); Harrison County Confederate Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Gulfport High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Kellier-Sternberg House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Early Long Beach (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gulfport.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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