History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Sunbury Press has released Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictorial History of Atlantic City’s Missouri Avenue Beach by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks.

About the Book:

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks has compiled this history of Atlantic City’s racially segregated beach during its heyday from the 1920s through the 1960s and the residents who lived on the Northside near the established Missouri Avenue Beach. Included are images, research, and oral interviews of Atlantic City residents. Despite racial division in America, Chicken Bone Beach functioned as an African-American resort attracting celebrities, civic leaders, and other races.


Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks is a legislative assistant with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who recently completed her Masters of Arts in American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Cheryl’s passion for writing began as a child and won her a Martha Holden Jennings Essay Scholarship in high school and another essay scholarship from the National Black MBA Association while pursuing her Masters from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Cheryl is also a professional vocalist, writing songs for her own music projects as well as other artists. Cheryl was featured in Currents Magazine (PSU Alumni Magazine). Spring/Summer 2016 issue, discussing the exhibit of Chicken Bone Beach photographs.and the history of the beach.Cheryl resides in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks
Trade paperback – 8 x 10 x .5
76 Pages
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
HISTORY / African American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

Also available on Kindle

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The Joes go Ivy League — appear at Princeton University

Princeton, NJ — Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, collectively known as “The Joes,” the authors of the Keystone Tombstones and Gotham Graves series of biographical histories were in Princeton, NJ on Tuesday May 16th, 2017, researching their upcoming book about the Founders, in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the birth of the USA. Seen here before the statue of patriot John Witherspoon, on the grounds of Princeton University, the two said a few words before those gathered (a huuuuuuge crowd of 1 — the photographer). The pair had been to Witherspoon’s grave in the Princeton Cemetery, very near the graves of patriot Aaron Burr, president Grover Cleveland, and novelist John O’Hara.

Also planned is a special edition entitled Murder, Massacres, and Mayhem in the Mid-Atlantic, for which they visited the graves of Kitty and Jose Menendez.

The Joes are always looking for speaking engagements, providing a humorous and informative program about interesting people and their life stories. Contact us for more information at thejoes@keystonetombstones.com.