Atlantic City isn’t just the East Coast seaside gaming and resort capital. It also offers fascinating treasures and traditions of the Black community.
Stroll around the Civil Rights Garden, among sculptures, winding pathways, plants, flowers, and Ginkgo trees, a beautiful homage to the history, events and people of the civil rights movement.
Relax on Chicken Bone Beach once the segregated area where Black families gathered to enjoy the Jersey Shore from around 1900 until the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Although created due to enforced racial separation, today it is a symbol of unity and a welcoming place to walk, play and lounge.
Look for the commemorative sign on the beach side of the Boardwalk at its intersection with S. Missouri Avenue, across from Caesars and next to Playground Pier. In the warmer months, catch a jazz concert staged by the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation.
Also in Atlantic City, check out the intriguing African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey inside the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, as well as its nearby second location in Newtonville, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center. Both museum locations feature collections spanning generations of Black history, plus showings of rarely seen work by local artists.