How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name

How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name (HMONX)

Location: Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Atlantic County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 21.275', W 74° 26.144'

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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 Beach."

Visiting Black entertainers, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., "Moms" Mabley and the Club Harlem Showgirls enhanced the Black party atmosphere.

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Chicken Bone Beach, circa 1940s. Background: Million Dollar Pier (currently "The Pier Shops At Caesar's"). Designated as an Historical Landmark on August 6, 1997, Chicken Bone Beach survives as a symbol of family unity and African-American Brotherhood. (Photo by John W. Moseley - courtesy of the Charles I. Blockson, Afro-American Collection, Temple University.)

Captain William "Rube" Albouy. Lifeguard, 1925-1955. As many as 5,000 swimmers were assisted by the patrol of six lifeguards, headed by the first Black captain, William "Rube" Albouy, from 1947 to 1955.

Produced by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority & Atlantic City Special Improvement District.
Placed ByThe Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority & Atlantic City Special Improvement District
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:00am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 548616 N 4356278
Decimal Degrees39.35458333, -74.43573333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.275', W 74° 26.144'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 16.50" N, 74° 26' 8.64" W
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Area Code(s)609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2136-2198 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ 08401, US
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