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The Atlantic City Experience encompasses the best historical and cultural resources of Atlantic City. From diving horses to dancing girls, from the Boardwalk to the Northside, from casinos to churches, from Prohibition to the present, Atlantic City, New Jersey is a unique American city with a rich history.

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New Exhibit features "RJ Walker" shipwreck PDF Print E-mail

A travelling exhibit - unveiled for the first time at the Atlantic City Historical Museum on June 13 - features information and artifacts from the RJ Walker.  The RJ Walker was a hydrographic survey vessel which sunk off the shore of Atlantic City on June 21, 1860. 

**Join us on Saturday, June 13 at 2pm for the unveiling of the exhibit and a discussion of the exploration of the ship with Captain Stephen Nagiewicz, the co-expedition leader of the R.J. Walker Shipwreck Mapping Expedition.**

 
Chicken Bone Beach Photo Exhibit PDF Print E-mail

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African-American Heritage Museum exhibit to feature images from Missouri Avenue Beach

The Jet Black, Brown and Tan on the Beach exhibit – a compilation of five photo collections of Atlantic City's famed Missouri Avenue Beach – will go on display beginning this month. Missouri Avenue Beach later became known as Chicken Bone Beach.

The exhibit consists of photos from the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSNJ), Atlantic City Free Public Library, Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. (CBBHFI), Diane Graves and George E. Dickerson Collection, and Charles L. Blockson Collection of Temple University Libraries.

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A panel discussion and the exhibit grand opening will be held Friday, June 12, at the AAHMSNJ at The Noyes Arts Garage – Stockton University, located at 2200 Fairmount Ave. in Atlantic City. The discussion will begin at 4:45 p.m. and run until the exhibit opening at 6 p.m. AAHMSNJ founder Ralph E. Hunter, Sr., and CBBHFI founder Henrietta Shelton will discuss the history of Missouri Avenue Beach, share stories and answer questions. The public will be invited to bring in and share their personal photos with the audience.

The exhibit will be comprised of more than 100 photographs, as well as framed quilted pieces. The photos, taken from 1910-60, feature the lifeguards, locals, tourists and celebrities who frequented this beach, which was designated as a blacks-only beach until the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. The exhibit will include photos of Martin Luther King, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosalind Cash and Madame Sarah Spencer Washington. The exhibit will remain at the AAHMSNJ until Oct. 8.

The museum also plans to have a photo slideshow. Those who wish to have their photos considered for this exhibit are asked to email them to Atlantic City Free Public Library archivist Heather Perez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

The museum's suggested donations are $2 for students and seniors, and $3 for adults. It is free for members of the military, and on Wednesdays. Please call Hunter at (609) 350-6662 for more information.

 

 

 
Guide to Atlantic City Historical Markers available online PDF Print E-mail

The City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library are pleased to announce the availability of a new digital historical resource featuring the commemorative markers located throughout Atlantic City. These markers share the history of Atlantic City and the stories of many Atlantic City residents. Click here to view this great resource on the Library' website.

 

The Atlantic City Experience was produced and is managed by The Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City.

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