Rosamond Johnson Beach Day
The Military Appreciation Council of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Gulf Islands National Seashore, presents Rosamond Johnson Beach Day to honor the life of Army Private Rosamond Johnson Jr.
Johnson was the first Escambia County resident to die in the Korean War. Johnson rescued two injured soldiers and brought them to safety before he was fatally wounded while returning for a third comrade.
After the Korean Conflict, the area’s Sunset Riding Club suggested renaming the county-owned beach to honor its fallen hero. The club leased the land in 1950 for the sole use of bathing, beach, and recreational facilities for “colored citizens.” During that time, Pensacola beaches were racially segregated.
The area became part of Gulf Islands National Seashore May 8, 1973. These days, the Perdido Key community hosts this annual commemoration on Johnson Beach and welcomes all to honor his memory and sacrifice.Read More at Perdido Key Chamber
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