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Racial Tension on Florida Beaches

July 23, 1961 - About 75 Negroes staged "wade-ins" at six spots on Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., beaches today, and one was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. Police Sgt. John Miller said there was some "sand throwing." He identified the woman arrested as Geneva Smith, 44 years old. "At some places the whites sort of forced them off the beach by massing in numbers," Sgt. Miller reported. At other places, he said, the Negroes spread blankets on the beach and waded in.


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