Post date: Feb 18, 2016 9:35:21 PM

The Biloxi Wade-Ins were protests that occurred on the beaches of Biloxi, Mississippi between 1959 and 1963. The demonstrations were led by Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. in an effort to desegregate the beaches of theMississippi Gulf Coast. Before the beaches were desegregated homeowners claimed the beaches as private property, and despite the fact the beaches were built by the Army Corps of Engineers using taxpayer funds, African Americans were restricted to designated areas of the beachfront. The effort to keep the beaches segregated was supported by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission.