After curating an exhibit of photos from photographer, John W. Mosely for her thesis project, Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks completed her first book, Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictoral History of Atlantic City’s Missouri Avenue Beach(Sunbury Press) in 2017, which was nominated for a 2017 Literary Award with the Schomburg Center in New York City. Cheryl has been involved in speaking engagements discussing Chicken Bone Beach, including an event called, Black Girl Beach Day which took place on the sands of historical Chicken Bone Beach. Cheryl has been interviewed by several newspapers such as the Philadelphia Tribune, celebrity strategist and on-air radio personality Dyana Williams of Philadelphia’s Radio One, podcasts, and online radio stations. Cheryl is also a professional singer/songwriter, writing songs for her own music projects and for other artists.
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Cheryl's book can be purchased at the following locations:
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN NJ - ATLANTIC CITY
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Photo credits: Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection of John W. Mosley at Temple University. (Temple Libraries)
The photos shown were taken by John W. Mosley, a self-taught photographer from Philadelphia. After Mosley's death, his family donated his large collection to the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. John and Charles were colleages who both made significant contributions to the preservation of African-American history in the United States.