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Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc.

1721 McKinley Avenue
609-441-9064

To create pride in our Black heritage and promote family values and unity through the celebration of African-American history in Atlantic County at Chicken Bone Beach (CBB).

African Americans who wished to enjoy the Atlantic City Beach during the period from 1900 through the early 1950's were socially restricted to the Missouri Avenue area. As thousands of vacationing Black families flocked to the shore with their chicken laden picnic hampers, the strip became affectionately nicknamed "Chicken Bone Beach". A block party atmosphere was enhanced by the visits of major Black entertainers, such as Sammy Davis Jr., "Moms" Mabley and the Club Harlem Showgirls.

The first Black Captain of the lifeguards was Captain William "Rube" Albouy. During his tenure he patrolled with a staff of 12 who ensured the safety of as many as 5,000 swimmers. Chicken Bone Beach survives as a symbol of family unity and African American brotherhood.

Casinos changed the culture of beach bathers in the late '70s by making Atlantic City into a world class resort. The Atlantic City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday August 6, 1997 declaring Chicken Bone Beach (Missouri Avenue beach) a local historical land site. Chicken Bone Beach is a symbol of unity that originated from segregation.


Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc. is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media

Upcoming Events at Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Inc.

Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Keith Hollis Quartet

Friday, Feb 22, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Gregg Moore and The Actual Proof Band

Friday, Mar 8, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Johnny D'Angelo Trio

Friday, Mar 22, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Cintron Latin Jazz Trio

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Teddy Royal Tribute to Wes Montgomery

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Michal Beckham Tribute to Billy Holiday

Friday, May 10, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Aaron Graves Trio

Friday, May 24, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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Winter/Spring Jazz Series - Ron Olender Quartet

Friday, Jun 14, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Brighton Park and Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
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