From the Morgue
Sharon Sanders

Segregation and Cape's municipal swimming pool

Posted Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 12:00 AM


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  • Great historical column, Sharon

    -- Posted by Anola Gill Stowick on Tue, Sep 3, 2019, at 9:44 AM
  • I remember swimming in the old (oval) pool in the early 50's, as a child, I took no notice of the racial makeup of the other swimmers. But, one hot Monday I asked to go to the pool and was told that only negroes could use the pool on Mondays. Unaware that it was the ONLY day they could swim, I thought this very unfair. Why should they get the whole pool on Mondays. The first I knew of the segregation was when the new pool was being build. I overheard ladies in my grandmother's whisper their alarm that negroes would be allowed to use the pool with whites. Their fear was not about racial conflicts, but rather that black men and boys could see white women and girls in bathing suits. The new pool was integrated without incident and our world did not come crashing down. I wonder if polio outbreak in the early 50's may have influenced the decision to build a new filtered pool?

    -- Posted by Anola Gill Stowick on Tue, Sep 3, 2019, at 10:23 AM