In celebration of the NAACP National Convention coming to town this month, the Atlantic City Free Public Library unveiled its new exhibit – Summer of Freedom – on July 6 at the Atlantic City Experience (ACX), located in the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall lobby. The Summer of Freedom exhibit illustrates the Civil Rights struggle to seat the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegates at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, which was held in Atlantic City, with protests led by Fannie Lou Hamer and many others. Click here to read more.
The ongoing pandemic has put a spotlight on inequities in the healthcare system, especially among the most marginalized members of the community. Those who suffer most are new immigrants, the elderly, and people from lower incomes who lack access to medical care, technology, and health information that is necessary to make informed choices about their health. Click here to learn how the library can help!
Marker is located on Northwest corner of Ohio and Baltic Avenues.
Historical Marker text:
1929-2003 An Atlantic City native, "Charlie" was its first African-American Architect. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Pratt Institute before serving with the U.S. Army's 822nd Army Corps of Engineers in Korea and Okinawa. He attended classes at Maryland, Michigan and Tokyo universities before being honorably discharged, and continued his professional development at Drexel and Temple universities. Mills served as Director of Housing for Atlantic Human Resources, as a consultant to the National Conference of Black Mayors and as Executive Director to both HOME Inc. and the Atlantic Housing Development Corporation. He served on the Atlantic County Planning Board, Historic Gardener's Basin, Sid Trusty Memorabilia Center, and Westside Little League. He also helped found the Greater Atlantic City Youth Organization-AC Dolphins Football. Mills staunchly supported the NAACP, PleasanTech Academy Charter School and St. Augustine's Episcopal Church.
Charles Mills was a graduate of the Atlantic City High School's Class of 1946. He was of West Indian Heritage, and was said by those who knew him to "exhibit the characteristic honesty, work ethic, and integrity of the Islanders in his work and in his personal life."
If you have more information on Charles Mills, please contact the Atlantic City Free Public Library.
For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections: Local History Biography Files - Charles A. Mills
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