Biloxi Wade-ins remembered, recognized with Mississippi Freedom - - Jackson, MS

Biloxi Wade-ins remembered, recognized with Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker

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BILOXI, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Another part of Mississippi's Civil Rights history was recognized and remembered on a Biloxi beach Tuesday.

Officials with the city and the Mississippi Freedom Trail unveiled a new sign memorializing the Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins.

The marker spotlights the events that happened on April 24, 1960, when Doctor Gilbert Mason led a group of 125 citizens in a protest that turned violent when a mob assaulted them for entering a then-segregated beach.

"It says, to all those foot soldiers who attempted to integrate the beach, that you were successful even though it took a great while and now it's a common occurrence," Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore with the Freedom Trail Task Force said. "We don't give it a second thought that black people, brown people, whoever, walk on the beach or swim in the water."

Mississippi's beaches were officially integrated in August 1968.

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