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Chestnut Beach

Chestnut Beach hosted various organizations’ outings and offered outdoor recreation and dancing. In 1937, it hosted the “All Ohio-Pennsylvania Negro outing.” The precise location is unclear. It was described as being “reached via route 8 and route 526.” The latter highway, now defunct, ran from East Akron through Mogadore to Route 43 in Suffield Township. Thus, Chestnut Beach was likely along the Mogadore Reservoir.

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  • “Negroes of 2 States Plan Picnic Monday.” Akron Beacon Journal. July 2, 1937.
Randolph Rd, Suffield, OH

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