"The Ink Well"

"The Ink Well" (HM2C2E)

Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.321', W 118° 29.49'

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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.
HM NumberHM2C2E
Year Placed2008
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 8th, 2018 at 8:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 362265 N 3763751
Decimal Degrees34.00535000, -118.49150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.321', W 118° 29.49'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 19.26" N, 118° 29' 29.4" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Santa Monica CA , US
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