“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Atlantic County, New Jersey

Clickable Map of Atlantic County, New Jersey and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Atlantic County, NJ (276) Burlington County, NJ (322) Camden County, NJ (115) Cape May County, NJ (170) Cumberland County, NJ (85) Gloucester County, NJ (55) Ocean County, NJ (139)  AtlanticCounty(276) Atlantic County (276)  BurlingtonCounty(322) Burlington County (322)  CamdenCounty(115) Camden County (115)  CapeMayCounty(170) Cape May County (170)  CumberlandCounty(85) Cumberland County (85)  GloucesterCounty(55) Gloucester County (55)  OceanCounty(139) Ocean County (139)
Mays Landing is the county seat for Atlantic County
Adjacent to Atlantic County, New Jersey
      Burlington County (322)  
      Camden County (115)  
      Cape May County (170)  
      Cumberland County (85)  
      Gloucester County (55)  
      Ocean County (139)  
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1New Jersey (Atlantic County), Absecon — Absecon Presbyterian Church
The cornerstone was laid 16 November 1865. The church was dedicated on 20 June 1867.Map (db m92438) HM
2New Jersey (Atlantic County), Absecon — Absecon United Methodist Church
Incorporated in 1823 from classes started in 1796. Building dedicated 1829, rebuilt in 1856.Map (db m92437) HM
3New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic
From September 19 to 24 1910, about 45 years after the last shot of the Civil War was fired, the 44th National Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Encampment (convention) was held in Atlantic City. The G.A.R., a Union (Northern) Civil War veteran's . . . Map (db m129314) HM
4New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — 87th Infantry Division Monument
To the men of the 87th Infantry Division Whose supreme sacrifice in the world wide conflict for liberty and freedom during World War II shall not pass unheralded Erected by the 87th Infantry Division Association September 29, . . . Map (db m6890) HM
5New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — A. Phillip Randolph — The Road to Equality Runs Through Atlantic City
"Therefore, the labor movement, representing great masses of workers, has the moral responsibility for its commitment to the principle of civil rights." A. Phillip Randolph in his address in support of resolution 83 . . . Map (db m190917) HM
6New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Absecon Lighthouse
Over the years, these grounds contained a variety of buildings that supported the Lighthouse operation. As you look around, envision the oil storage house with a greenhouse and sheds behind it, a square brick building housing the Weather Bureau . . . Map (db m46297) HM
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7New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Absecon Lighthouse
Weather Bureau The Department of Agriculture Weather Bureau constructed a two-story brick building on the west side of the site in 1901. The building was wedged onto a 100 Χ 50 foot plot, and apparently caused rancor between employees of . . . Map (db m190905) HM
8New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Assistant Keepers’ Dwelling / Chronology — [Absecon Lighthouse]
When Absecon Lighthouse was first lit in 1857, a principal keeper and assistant keeper lived on site with their families. The dwelling for an assistant keeper was built during the original Lighthouse construction. Interior alterations in 1887 . . . Map (db m46288) HM
9New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Atlantic City Workers Monument
Dedicated to the men and women of organized labor who lost their lives while working on the redevelopment of Atlantic City We honor these workers [List of 25 names follow] "You will always be remembered" Erected April . . . Map (db m36947) HM
10New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Barbara Walker — Memphis, TN — Miss America 1947 —
"I'm sure being Miss America has broadened my experience, but I have actually enjoyed being a former Miss America more than the year I reigned. Being on display was not my 'thing.' The most positive outcome has been my long association with a . . . Map (db m153499) HM
11New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — BeBe Shopp — Hopkins, MN — Miss America 1948 —
"Of course you can't compare it [the pageant] to the Olympics and yet it does call for a great deal of training and self-discipline....Sometimes girls don't realize it just isn't surface beauty.... But when it instills incentive in young girls to . . . Map (db m153490) HM
12New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Bette Cooper — Bertrand Island, NJ — Miss America 1937 —
"Cooper entered the Pageant on a lark and never expected to win. She was only eighteen, and about to enter her senior year at a private day school in the rural New Jersey community of Hackettstown. Cooper was stunned by her victory. She had no . . . Map (db m153510) HM
13New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Camp Boardwalk
In commemoration of Atlantic City’s finest hour ... Dedicated to the thousands of men and women of the United States Armed Forces who trained, served and recovered here from their wounds of battle during World War II—and to the devoted . . . Map (db m5089) HM
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14New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Carolyn Sapp — Honolulu, HI — Miss America 1992 —
"Learning happens in a cooperative environment....It's parents working together with their kids, their teachers, and everyone in the community. Education is everyone's business… The only way we will improve education in this big country of ours . . . Map (db m153526) HM
15New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Casino Control Act
On Thursday, June 2, 1977, New Jersey Governor Brendan T. Byrne signed into law the Casino Control Act, enabling New Jersey to become the second state in the United States to allow casino gaming. This landmark Atlantic City event took place on this . . . Map (db m7872) HM
16New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Charles A. Mills — 1929 - 2003
An Atlantic City native, "Charlie" was its first African-American Architect. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Pratt Institute before serving with the U.S. Army's 822nd Army Corps of Engineers in Korea and Okinawa. He attended classes at . . . Map (db m153457) HM
17New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Cheryl Prewitt — Akerman, MS — Miss America 1980 —
"I walked with a limp for six years. Then five years ago, when I was 17, my parents took me to a healing service. That meeting changed my life!…Yes, I believe in miracles. My being Miss America is proof that miracles do still happen. Nothing can . . . Map (db m153544) HM
18New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus Born Genoa Italy 1451 Died Valladolid Spain 1506 ( back ) Erected through the efforts of the Community's Citizens of Italian Origin and Donated to the City of Atlantic City by the Columbus Day . . . Map (db m190479)
19New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Christopher Joseph Ford — 1949-
An Atlantic City native, Ford's basketball career began on the court of St. Michael's Dante Hall. The 6'5" guard attended Holy Sprit High School and finished his All-American career as the school's all-time scoring leader. Ford went on to play for . . . Map (db m190478) HM
20New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Chronology — Absecon Lighthouse
1854. After a decade of prompting from Jonathan Pitney, the "father of Atlantic City," the U.S. Congress appropriated $35,000 to build a lighthouse on Absecon Island. December 5, 1854. The Camden and Atlantic Land Co. transferred the . . . Map (db m190910) HM
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21New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Civil War Memorial
Erected to the memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War 1861 - 1865Map (db m190934) WM
22New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Clarence C. Davenport, Sr. — 1924 - 1997
Born in Newark, NJ, this longtime Atlantic City resident served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II before settling here. He worked for Penn Reading Seashore Line and later for the U.S. Postal Service until . . . Map (db m153438) HM
23New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Clifford J. Newsome — 1900-1981
In 1929, C.J. Newsome was a founder of the Atlantic City Board of Trade (ACBT), which became the Black Chamber of Commerce, promoting Atlantic City as a place for African American conventions. An outstanding leader of St. James A.M.E. Church, he . . . Map (db m92433) HM
24New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Colleen Hutchins — Salt Lake City, UT — Miss America 1952 —
"At almost 26, the oldest girl to become Miss America…says 'My career was already on its way prior to becoming Miss America. I had graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse and was completing my doctorate in theater at the University of Utah. After . . . Map (db m153487) HM
25New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Cora Hillery Boggs — 1918 - 1996
A community activist for many years, this longtime Atlantic City resident, born in Philadelphia, was Founder and Executive Director of the "Gild the Ghetto" Youth Development Program, which took local teens off the streets for weekly work, study, . . . Map (db m153449) HM
26New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Debbye Turner — Columbia, MO — Miss America 1990 —
"I grew up in a single-parent, lower middle class home. And veterinary medicine, one of the most expensive professional jobs out there. I knew I needed help to reach that goal."1 "I won Miss America because I practiced that marimba for . . . Map (db m153529) HM
27New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Deborah Bryant — Overland Park, KS — Miss America 1966 —
"Being Miss America impacted on my life in a most positive way. It financed my education and afforded me the opportunity to travel and develop communications skills. On the negative side, it probably distracted me from completing my premed studies . . . Map (db m153472) HM
28New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Debra Barnes — Pittsburg, KS — Miss America 1968 —
"'It sounds corny and trite…but the main thing I'm looking for is meeting people. I love people.' She smiled as she told how the people there (Moran, Kansas, pop. 550) raised $1,300 for the fare so that her father…and sister could attend the . . . Map (db m153470) HM
29New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Debra Muffett — Anaheim, CA — Miss America 1983 —
"Prior to becoming Miss America, I had to overcome a fear of failure syndrome and stage fright....It took me six years to gain confidence in myself. Basically my message is not to give up."1 "I just felt that there had to be . . . Map (db m153541) HM
30New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Dedicated to the Men and Women Who Lost Their Lives at Sea
March 6 1932 Five Coast Guardsmen from the Atlantic City Station lost at sea in an attempt to locate the fishing vessel "Anna" John Barnett, Bay Head • William Garton • Charles Graham • Hal Livingston • Marvin E. . . . Map (db m190483) HM
31New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Donna Axum — El Dorado, AR — Miss America 1964 —
"When Bert Parks called out my name it changed my life forever. It gave me the opportunity to advance my career. Instant celebrity sometimes throws up communication barriers and you have to work twice as hard to get past that, but once you do the . . . Map (db m153474) HM
32New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Dorothie W. Dorrington, ED.S — 1927 - 2005
A longtime Atlantic City resident, she came to the City from Darlington, S.C. during the depression. Dorrington overcame a learning disability, and earned both a BS and MS degree from Glassboro State College (Rowan University) and an ED.S from . . . Map (db m190939) HM
33New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Dorothy Benham — Edina, MN — Miss America 1977 —
"The public only hears about Miss Americas like Bess Myerson and Phyllis George, who are in the public eye.... There are dozens of Miss Americas who are doctors, lawyers and college professors. They succeeded, too, proving that the whole idea of . . . Map (db m153460) HM
34New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Dr. Jonathan Pitney — 1797 - 1869
Dubbed the Father of Atlantic City, this Absecon doctor used his influential connections and salesmanship to sell the idea of a seashore resort where Atlantic City now stands. Speaking with Philadelphia movers and shakers, he extolled the praises . . . Map (db m190480) HM
35New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Edna Patricia Hall — 1924-2013
An Atlantic City native, Hall is a founding member and former Vice- President of the First Ward Civic Association, an original member and Vice- President of the Inlet Public Private Association and a staunch supporter of the NAACP and 101 Women . . . Map (db m92435) HM
36New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Elizabeth Ward — Russelville, AR — Miss America 1982 —
"'This will be a memorable year, I'm sure. When it's over, I plan to return to college and I'll be ready to do that.' When asked if she was in favor of the ERA, she answered, 'I'm for equal rights but not for the amendment. I'm . . . Map (db m153542) HM
37New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Elwood G. Davis — 1927 -
An Atlantic City native, Davis graduated from the New Jersey College of Commerce and is a veteran of World War II. He served as Assistant Vice-President at Atlantic National Bank and Deputy Director of Administration at the Atlantic City . . . Map (db m153456) HM
38New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Elwood Samuel Roberts II — 1949 - 1998
Known to many as "Coach Elwood", this Atlantic City native and lifelong resident was a devoted football and basketball coach who worked for the Atlantic City Board of Education. Roberts coached the Atlantic City Dolphins for many years as well as . . . Map (db m153445) HM
39New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Evelyn Ay — Ephrata, PA — Miss America 1954 —
"Each day I live a day of success and satisfaction.... I wrestled with the career versus marriage question for the entire Miss America year. The decision, after complete evaluation of life and what it means to me, what I wanted from it: . . . Map (db m153485) HM
40New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — 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 . . . Map (db m190919) HM
41New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Father John Quaremba — 1876 - 1951
At the age of just 28, Father John Quaremba, a native of Castle Grande, Italy, founded St. Michael's Church in Atlantic City for Italian immigrants. In September 1904 he celebrated the first Mass at St. Michael's Parish which was just two years . . . Map (db m190924) HM
42New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Fay Lanphier — Oakland, CA — Miss America 1925 —
"I am the oldest of the family, [and] have four brothers and a sister. My mother is a widow and so I am the main support. I did clerical work, but at the time hoped that I might better myself....I went to high school and business college in . . . Map (db m153515) HM
43New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Frances Burke — Philadelphia, PA — Miss America 1940 —
"A career in big-time modeling and movies was there for the taking. But soon after, Fran Burke turned away. She went back home to Philadelphia, eventually marrying a high school sweetheart…and began to raise a family. Fran deliberately chose . . . Map (db m153505) HM
44New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Frank Burnett Doggett Jr. M.D. — June 1919 - July 2014
A native of Atlantic City graduated with honors as a pre-med student at Lincoln University in Chester County Pa. While completing his studies at Howard University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., Doggett was the recipient of several scholastic . . . Map (db m190927) HM
45New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — George William Nelson Sr. — 1930-
An Atlantic City native, who served on the Atlantic City Police Department from 1958 to 1984, retiring with the rank of captain. His last assignment was Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police. He once commanded the City's internationally reputed . . . Map (db m92432) HM
46New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Greek Temple Monument War Memorial
This monument was erected in 1922 by the City of Atlantic City in honor of those of her citizens who served in the World War · 1917–1918.Map (db m6615) HM
47New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Green Roof! / Renewable Energy Projects
Green Roof! The term "Green Roof" refers to an old idea which has become relevant once again as appreciation for its environment benefits continues to grow. The ACUA's green roof will serve as a demonstration project, allowing . . . Map (db m190944) HM
48New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Harold Corry — 1921 - 2002
Born in Brooklyn, New York, this longtime Atlantic city resident was a founder and past president of the Chelsea Neighborhood Association, which grew to become the largest civic organization in Atlantic City. Corry also co-founded and served as . . . Map (db m190936) HM
49New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Heather Whitestone — Birmingham, AL — Miss America 1995 —
"'I believe that God allowed me to be Miss America because He has a purpose for my life....I want to challenge the children of America to be the best they can be.... With positive self-esteem, hard work, adream, willingness to work, and facing . . . Map (db m153523) HM
50New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Henry Lloyd — "Pop" — Pop Lloyd Stadium, Atlantic City —
Negro League 1906 - 1932 He was the finest Shortstop in Atlantic City Negro Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame 1977 He [unreadable] the dignity of the game and helped advance the opportunities of African Americans in the Major Leagues . . . Map (db m208343) HM
51New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Historic Gardener's Basin — Established July 9, 1976
The original membership who charted the course and had the vision and confidence to preserve the tradition of the sea in the restoration of historic Gardener's Basin in Atlantic City, New Jersey Admiral of the Fleet Atlantic . . . Map (db m190903) HM
52New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Home of the Miss America Pageant
Atlantic City Convention Center "Home of the Miss America Pageant" Presented to The Miss American Pageant in commemoration and deep appreciation of their love affair with Atlantic City for the past six decades Dedicated January . . . Map (db m5795) HM
53New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Honor Roll — 🦅
In loving memory of our friends relatives and neighbors who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we may continue to enjoy freedom and a democracy.Map (db m190931) WM
54New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name — Historic Atlantic City: Missouri Avenue, 1900-1950's
Between 1900 and the early 1950s, African-Americans were socially restricted to use the Missouri Avenue Beach Area. Since many vacationing Black families arrived with chicken-laden hampers, the strip became affectionately named “Chicken Bone . . . Map (db m36900) HM
55New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Howard Persina — 8/16/23 - 4/20/08
As Executive Director of the Atlantic City Convention Hall for over two decades, Howard Persina hosted some of America's most important conventions, including the Pittsburgh Conference, and exciting entertainment events, from Luciano Pavarotti . . . Map (db m190912) HM
56New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Hubert U. Barbour, Sr. — 1918 - 1964
Born in Catawba, S.C., this graduate of Johnson C. Smith University moved to Atlantic City and joined the Atlantic City Police Department in 1942. Enlisting in the United States Army during World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater of . . . Map (db m153444) HM
57New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Jacque Mercer — Litchfield, AZ — Miss America 1949 —
"I feel like a Cinderella for a day that lasted a year.... I didn't make a million dollars as so many people think. But I have a million dollars worth of memories and experience which will grow more valuable every year.... Marriage first, career . . . Map (db m153489) HM
58New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Jacqueline Mayer — Sandusky, OH — Miss America 1963 —
"Despite what happened to me, in many ways I feel very lucky. If I had my stroke [at age 28], I think I would have just lived on and on without really doing anything interesting or challenging with my life. I've been through good times and bad . . . Map (db m153475) HM
59New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — James L. Cooper — 1929 - 2017
Renowned trial attorney, business leader, philanthropist, advocate for civil rights, justice, and education. Jim Cooper graduated from Atlantic City High School, Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School and, in 1957, founded the law firm now . . . Map (db m153446) HM
60New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — James L. Usry — 1922-2002 —
Born in Athens, Georgia, this educator, mayor, professional athlete and longtime Atlantic City resident was affectionately known as “Big Jim.” He was a 6' 6" giant of a man who never raised his voice. Jim was a classroom teacher and . . . Map (db m37066) HM
61New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Jane Jayroe — Laverne, OK — Miss America 1967 —
"Prepare yourself for whatever you want to do in life. If pageants happen to be part of that, fine. However, it shouldn't be a primary goal, because you can't have a career as a beauty queen....I admire the traditional woman, those with style. . . . Map (db m153471) HM
62New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Jean Bartel — Los Angeles, CA — Miss America 1943 —
"I was the first college girl to be crowned Miss America. Because of my affiliation with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, I was invited to college campuses with Lenora (who was my chaperon). The idea for a Miss America scholarship resulted, I was . . . Map (db m153502) HM
63New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Jeremiah Leeds — 1754-1835
A Revolutionary War veteran standing six feet tall. Leeds came to Absecon Island with his ten children in 1785 from Leeds Point, N.J. and built the first permanent structure of cedar logs. He cleared the nearby land to create his farm known as . . . Map (db m92434) HM
64New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Jo-Carroll Dennison — Tyler, TX — Miss America, 1942 —
"I was very immature in too many ways when in my early 20s… I didn't settle down to domesticity until I was 30, I doubt that I could have.... Now I know what will make me happy, but without having worked, doing my jobs, traveling a great deal, . . . Map (db m153503) HM
65New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — John Herbert Brooks — 1936 - 2005
An Atlantic City native, Brooks spent his early years in a life and death struggle with drug addiction. After conquering his own addiction, he worked to deter others from substance abuse. In 1969, Brooks co-founded NARCO, Inc., and, with volunteers, . . . Map (db m37308) HM
66New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — John L. Lewis — Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) Founded with a Punch in Atlantic City
At the President Hotel on Atlantic City's Boardwalk in 1935, John L. Lewis threw the punch that was left throughout the mines, plants, and factories of America. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), struck William Hutcheson, . . . Map (db m190918) HM
67New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — John R. Jasper, Jr. — 1926 - 2001
An Atlantic City native, Jasper made history when he became the resort's first African-American Fire Department Chief. He was among a handful of rookie firefighters who integrated the Fire Department in 1956, and later become known as one of "The . . . Map (db m190481) HM
68New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Joseph T. Allmond — 1921 -
An Atlantic City native, he was the first African-American Chief of Police in the resort's history. During his 39 years of service, Chief Allmond rose from beat cop to chief. He received more than 65 honors, including commendations from the F.B.I., . . . Map (db m153448) HM
69New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Judith Ford — Belvidere, IL — Miss America 1969 —
"I do not feel that Miss America is the 'ideal' American girl. Each person has his own idea of what is ideal and no one girl could possible represent America's ideal, 'Nor do I feel that Miss America is the 'average' American girl....In my opinion, . . . Map (db m153468) HM
70New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Kate Shindle — Evanston, IL — Miss America 1998 —
"With regard to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the contextual political issues are somewhat controversial… We need health education programs which acknowledge and showcase the many, many benefits of abstinence, but also listen to the . . . Map (db m153520) HM
71New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Kaye Lani Rae Rafko — Monroe, MI — Miss America 1988 —
"I've worked hard for everything in my lifetime. Nothing was handed to me on a silver platter. I come from a middle class family, and I paid for my nursing education myself."1 "Does she consider herself a feminist? 'It depends on . . . Map (db m153531) HM
72New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Keeper’s Dwelling / Lightkeepers of Absecon Lighthouse — Absecon Lighthouse
The light from Absecon Lighthouse first beamed out across the Atlantic Ocean in 1857. At that time, the Lighthouse consisted of the original keeper’s dwelling, a thirty-foot connecting passageway and the tower. In 1903, adding a two-story . . . Map (db m46304) HM
73New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Kellye Cash — Memphis, TN — Miss America 1987 —
"My main objective would be to be an excellent public servant for the pageant, which is something I believe in so strongly. The pageant is about being an all-around girl. You just can't be good in talent. I worked hard in all areas and I think it . . . Map (db m153532) HM
74New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Kimberly Aiken — Columbia, SC — Miss America 1994 —
"Far too many people in our country have no place they can call home. Millions of men, women and children live in poverty, unable to satisfy their most basic needs: housing, food, clothing ad proper health care....We must break the cycle of . . . Map (db m153524) HM
75New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Kylene Barker — Roanoke, VA — Miss America 1979 —
"I graduated with a degree in apparel design and fashion merchandising at VPI and SU in Virginia. I was a cheerleader all four years there, and also instructed cheerleading clinics during the summers. I was with Golden . . . Map (db m153458) HM
76New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Laurel Lea Schaefer — Bexley, OH — Miss America 1972 —
"Even before I became Miss America, I had completed my college training with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater arts and music, and had a resume detailing my private studies in voice, dance and acting, as well as impressive performing credits. . . . Map (db m153465) HM
77New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Leanza Cornett — Jacksonville, FL — Miss America 1993 —
"At twenty-one years old I've been able to lobby on capitol Hill, address members of Congress, speak at assemblies and talk to ordinary people all over the country about the vital issue of AIDS awareness and prevention. I've gone . . . Map (db m153525) HM
78New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Leavander W. Johnson — 1969 - 2005 — 34 Wins - 5 Losses - 2 Draws - 26 KO's —
An Atlantic City native who became the IBF and IBO Lightweight World Champion.Map (db m153447) HM
79New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Lee Meriwether — San Francisco, CA — Miss America 1955 —
"After I relinquish my crown next September to another American girl, I plan to take the $5,000 educational scholarship I won with my title, and realize another ambition, which is to continue my dramatic education at the Pasadena Playhouse. One . . . Map (db m153484) HM
80New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Lighthouse History / Absecon Lighthouse Facts — Absecon Lighthouse
The ocean waters off Absecon Inlet were considered some of the most deadly along the East Coast. Between 1847 and 1856, at least sixty-four ocean-going ships were lost off the coast of Absecon Beach. Dr. Jonathan Pitney, who promoted the . . . Map (db m46273) HM
81New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Lynda Mead — Natchez, MS — Miss America 1960 —
"[She] admitted 'I was a tomboy' when she was a youngers down in historic Natchez. She said she played games with her brother, Herbert, and the other neighborhood boys.... When her year as Miss America ended Lynda Lee said she wants to return to . . . Map (db m153478) HM
82New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Maceo H. Turner — 1916 - 1968
Born in Greenville, SC, longtime Atlantic City resident, Maceo Turner was a prominent black attorney, war hero and civil rights leader. He earned his B.S. Degree from Virginia State College in 1939. He served with the U.S. Army from 1942 . . . Map (db m190929) HM
83New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Margaret "Maggie" Creswell — 1899 - 1978
In 1924, Mrs. Creswell, a longtime Atlantic City resident, became the first female police officer in both Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey. In 1927, she became a permanent member of the Police Department. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, . . . Map (db m190937) HM
84New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Margaret Gorman — Washington, DC — Miss America 1921 —
"This is my first introduction to Atlantic City and everything here is new to me, very interesting and I am almost convinced I am in fairyland. Happy? Why am I the happiest girl in the whole wide world, and I have every reason to think so. No, I . . . Map (db m153518) HM
85New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Margaret Lee Caution — 1907 - 1993
An Atlantic City native, Mrs. Caution, and here late husband Russell, were the first major South Jersey distributors of African-American oriented magazines and newspapers, beginning as far back as the 1930s. Mrs. Caution, a writer and printer, wrote . . . Map (db m153455) HM
86New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Maria Fletcher — Asheville, NC — Miss America 1962 —
"As a child growing up singing and dancing in my parent' school… I have always felt loved. Even before I was a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall at age 18, or Miss America 1962 at age 19. After the birth of my two children, Robyn and Jim, I began . . . Map (db m153476) HM
87New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Marian Bergeron — West Haven, CT — Miss America 1933 —
"Last night I felt just like I could fly through the air. And this morning I feel O.K." When asked about a career she said, "Sure, I like to sing and dance. But right now I'm not making any plans for the immediate future....I want a career and . . . Map (db m153513) HM
88New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Marian McKnight — Manning, SC — Miss America 1957 —
"I did some TV when we were first married, but acting was never my driving ambition....I did a Marilyn Monroe skit and song in the Miss America Pageant, but I'm not a singer, nor am I really an actress. Gary's career seemed to be . . . Map (db m153481) HM
89New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Marilyn Buford — Los Angeles, CA — Miss America 1946 —
"'Miss America, 1946,' is going to quit college for a dramatic career…, The 21 year old University of California at Los Angeles student disclosed her choice yesterday....She said she would take an intensive three-month course at a New York . . . Map (db m153500) HM
90New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Marilyn Meseke — Marion, OH — Miss America 1938 —
With the mother managing the interview in the way that has become customary with Miss America, it developed that Marilyn has plenty of boy friends, but no favorite, and has made no plans nor dreams ahead toward marriage and children. But she can . . . Map (db m153508) HM
91New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Marilyn Van Derbur — Denver, CO — Miss America 1958 —
"Tonight I break my silence....It means speaking the unspeakable word. saying the specific word that I was never able to say not to Larry (my husband) or Jennifer, my daughter. Saying the ugliest six-letter word in the English language. The word . . . Map (db m153480) HM
92New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Marjorie Vincent — Oak Park, IL — Miss America 1991 —
"'On the Miss America application they ask for hair color, eye color—everything else you can think of. But not race.' Vincent said she hopes to become a role model, not only to young black women but to 'all young women today who want to . . . Map (db m153527) HM
93New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Mary Ann Mobley — Brandon, MS — Miss America 1959 —
"Asked…how she felt about the frightening situation in her native South she said 'I think it's the unintelligent white people who've been creating all the violence. It's a tragic situation and I resent it being made a political football. I read . . . Map (db m153479) HM
94New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Mary Campbell — Columbus, OH — Miss America 1922-23 —
"I was pretty naive when I was starting... Mercy, I was after all only 15! I came home and told my mother, I was chosen Miss Columbus, and they said it's because of my figure. Mother, what's a figure?" My mother said, it's none of your . . . Map (db m153517) HM
95New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford — 1955-
An Atlantic City native, 'Rennie' graduated from Atlantic City High School and earned degrees in business administration from Atlantic Community College and North Carolina Central University, respectively. Upon returning to Atlantic City he . . . Map (db m114609) HM
96New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Micah "Dew" Tennant — September 9, 2009 - November 20, 2019
Micah, 10 years old, native of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dew, as he was affectionately called, was in the 5th grade at the Uptown Complex Elementary School. Dew's huge personality and bright smile made it easy for anyone to fall in love with him. . . . Map (db m208344) HM
97New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Miss America — Since 1921 — 👑 —
In 1921, a great American tradition was born and it evolved into the world's largest scholarship program for women today. Rich in history and social significance, Miss America has maintained a tradition of empowering young women to achieve their . . . Map (db m190920) HM
98New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Nancy Fleming — Montague, MI — Miss America 1961 —
When asked, "Are American women usurping males in the world, and are they too dominant? She said, 'I agree that there are too many women working in the world. A woman's place is in the home with her husband and children. After she has raised a . . . Map (db m153477) HM
99New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — Nena Langley — Macon, GA — Miss America 1953 —
"In the 1950s, the Miss America title was at its peak....It was a wonderful time to be Miss america. They hadn't burned their bras yet and there was still some hero worship left."1 "My life as lived as though I was never a celebrity. I . . . Map (db m153486) HM
100New Jersey (Atlantic County), Atlantic City — New Jersey Korean War Memorial
Freedom is Not Free [Following the title is a list of New Jersey veterans who died in the Korean War. See link below for a list of "those who did not return."]Map (db m5797) WM

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