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Rainbow Beach 'wade-ins' broke down racial barrier

Jul 8, 2011 11:34:01 PM- chicagotribune.com
50 years later, pivotal rights protest will get a historical marker

Velma Murphy Hill limped across Rainbow Beach, arm in arm with her husband, Norman. It was an unusually cool summer morning, and save for a few lifeguards and a man sweeping a metal detector in slow, hopeful arcs, the South Side beach was empty. Yet Murphy Hill, 71, couldn't help but feel uneasy.

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