Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Civil Rights Wade-Ins
On May 14, 1959, April 24, 1960, and June 23, 1963, the Biloxi beach front was the site of planned civil rights wade-ins demanding equal access to the public beach. On April 24, 1960, several citizens, both black and white, were injured and arrested, including the leader of the wade-ins, physician Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. This series of protests gave birth to the Biloxi branch of the NAACP, major voter registration drives in 1960, and a 1968 federal court ruling opening the beach to all citizens.
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Erected 2009 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
Location. 30° 23.636′ N, 88° 54.098′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Porter Avenue, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 90. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Landing of Pierre LeMoyne D'Iberville (a few steps from this marker); Sea Turtles of the Mississippi Sound (a few steps from this marker); Biloxi Beach Wade-In (within shouting distance of this marker); Biloxi Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Biloxi Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Evolution of Biloxi Tourism (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robinson-Maloney-Dantzler House (about 400 feet away); High Water Mark (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
Also see . . . 50th Anniversary of Biloxi Wade-ins. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Politics •
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