Atlantic City, New Jersey: Chicken Bone Beach

Atlantic City's formerly segregated beach, named for the chicken bones supposedly left there by daytrippers, now marked with a historical plaque.

Address:
Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
Directions:
Historical plaque is on the beach side of the Boardwalk at its intersection with S. Missouri Ave.
Admission:
Free
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Marker: Chicken Bone Beach

Down on the Atlantic City boardwalk there is a lot of history and some weird spots that I have come across. A small section of the beach that is located in front of both Caesars casino and the Wild West casino is known as Chicken Bone Beach. From the early 1900s through the 1950s, African Americans were socially restricted to this section of the beach. It was nicknamed Chicken Bone Beach due to the fact that many daytrippers at this time came to the beach with fried chicken lunches in their picnic baskets, leaving behind the bones. Both Sammy Davis Jr. and Moms Mabley were known to visit as well as perform on the beach. Today it has been designated as a local historic site and they also have a plaque dedicated to preserving its heritage and memory.

[Mike Vlkovic, 08/02/2004]

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