Author name: Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is a former active duty Marine, now a veteran teacher working in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. A professional writer in both print journalism and digital content writing, Mark combines his love of teaching history with his passion for the written word. His personal blog, History as Prologue,, reflects his deep interest and knowledge of how the past influences the present. Mark can be contacted at

Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. is led to the courthouse by Biloxi police officers

Biloxi Wade-Ins

Today, the beaches of Biloxi, Mississippi are temporarily closed in response to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. But until the late 1960s, nearly all of Biloxi’s twenty-six miles of public beaches were open to all but African American citizens. This closure to some was not temporary, but rather one of the scores of racial restrictions throughout …

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