Swimming Pools

Lincoln Park Pool

Lincoln Park Pool in Youngstown was open to African American swimmers in the pre-World War II years. When Black swimmers attempted to integrate the city’s North Side Pool in 1940, their effort met with white violence. To try to appease African American leaders, the city government hastily added a diving board and other basic equipment that the Lincoln pool had been denied for years.

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  • “Cleveland Sympathizers Trek To Youngstown For Riot Trial.” Call & Post. July 20, 1940.
  • Wiltse, Jeff. Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
301 Lincoln Park Dr, Youngstown, OH 44506

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