Picnic Groves

Oak Knoll Park

Oak Knoll Park in Massillon hosted Black organizations’ outings in the pre–World War II years, including the Massillon Negro Civic Council’s picnic and dance in 1939, which also involved the Massillon Urban League, St. James A.M.E. Zion, Friendship Baptist, and Shiloh Baptist Churches. The festivities included baseball and other games and a “jitterbug hop” in the evening. Additional information coming soon.


  • “Civic Council To Hold Picnic, Dance July 28.” Call & Post. July 13, 1939.
6th St SW, Massillon, OH

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