Swimming Pools

Portland-Outhwaite Center Pool

Portland-Outhwaite Center Pool, located at 2511 East 46th Street, was one of only two pools in the Cedar-Central area that were open to Black swimmers prior to World War II.

Melvin Walker talks about diving off the lights with friends at the Portland-Outhwaite Center pool.
Children learning to swim in 1950 | Source: Cleveland Memory

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  • Seawell, Stephanie L. “The Black Freedom Movement and Community Planning in Urban Parks in Cleveland, Ohio, 1945-1977.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2014.
  • Walker, Melvin. Interview by Carol Malone. 25 February 2013. Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Cleveland State University. clevelandvoices.org/items/show/2188
2511 E 46th St, Cleveland, OH

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