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The History of Swimming Pools

Swimming pools, at least man-made watering holes for bathing and swimming, go back at least as far as 2600 B.C.E. The first elaborate construction are probably The Great Baths of Mohenjodaro, an ancient and elaborate bathing site in Pakistan made from bricks and covered in plaster, with terraced decks that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern pool landscape. Mohenjodaro probably wasn’t used for general lap swimming, however. Scholars believe it was used in religious ceremonies.


Here’s The Disturbing History Of Segregated Swimming Pools And Amusement Parks

Summers often bring a wave of childhood memories: lounging poolside, trips to the local amusement park, languid, steamy days at the beach.

These nostalgic recollections, however, aren’t held by all Americans.

Municipal swimming pools and urban amusement parks flourished in the 20th century. But too often, their success was based on the exclusion of African Americans.

As a social historian who has written a book on segregated recreation, I have found that the history of recreational segregation is a largely forgotten one. But it has had a lasting significance on modern race relations.

Swimming pools and beaches were among the most segregated and fought over public spaces in the North and the South.

White stereotypes of blacks as diseased and sexually threatening served as the foundation for this segregation. City leaders justifying segregation also pointed to fears of fights breaking out if whites and blacks mingled. Racial separation for them equaled racial peace.

These fears were underscored when white teenagers attacked black swimmers after activists or city officials opened public pools to blacks. nb In my book, I describe how in the late 1940s there were major swimming pool riots in St. Louis, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

Exclusion based on ‘safety’

Despite civil rights statutes in many states, the law did not come to African Americans’ aid. In Charlotte, North Carolina, for example, the chairman of the Charlotte Park and Recreation Commission in 1960 admitted that “all people have a right under law to use all public facilitates including swimming pools.” But he went on to point out that “of all public facilities, swimming pools put the tolerance of the white people to the test.”

His conclusion: “Public order is more important than rights of Negroes to use public facilities.” In practice, black swimmers were not admitted to pools if the managers felt “disorder will result.” Disorder and order defined accessibility, not the law.

Fears of disorder also justified segregation at amusement parks, which were built at the end of trolley or ferry lines beginning in 1890. This was particularly true at park swimming pools, dance halls and roller-skating rinks, which were common facilities within parks.

These spaces provoked the most intense fears of racial mixing among young men and women. Scantily clad bathers flirting and playing raised the specter of interracial sex and some feared for young white women’s safety.

Some white owners and customers believed that recreation only could be kept virtuous and safe by excluding African Americans and promoting a sanitized and harmonious vision of white leisure. However, my work shows that these restrictions simply perpetuated racial stereotypes and inequality.

This recreational segregation had a heartbreaking impact on African American children. For example, in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. described the tears in his daughter’s eyes when “she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children.”

Protests at pools

Major civil rights campaigns targeted amusement park segregation, most notably at Gwynn Oak Park in Baltimore and Glen Echo Park outside of Washington, D.C. And other parks, such as Fontaine Ferry in Louisville, were sites of major racial clashes when African Americans sought entrance.

By the early 1970s, most of America’s urban amusement parks like Cleveland’s Euclid Beach and Chicago’s Riverview were closed for good. Some white consumers perceived the newly integrated parks as unsafe and in turn park owners sold the land for considerable profit. Other urban leisure sites — public swimming pools, bowling alleys and roller-skating rinks — also closed down as white consumers fled cities for the suburbs.

The increase of gated communities and homeowners associations, what the political scientist Evan McKenzie calls “privatopia,” also led to the privatization of recreation. Another factor contributing to the decline of public recreation areas was the Federal Housing Administration, which in the mid-1960s openly discouraged public ownership of recreational facilities. Instead, they promoted private homeowner associations in planned developments with private pools and tennis courts.

Lasting legacy

After the 1964 Civil Rights Act desegregated public accommodations, municipalities followed different strategies intended to keep the racial peace through maintaining segregation. Some simply filled their pools in, leaving more affluent residents the option of putting in backyard pools. Public pools also created membership clubs and began to charge fees, which acted as a barrier to filter out those pool managers felt were “unfit.”

Over time, cities defunded their recreational facilities, leaving many urban dwellers with little access to pools. Ironically, some blamed African Americans for the decline of urban amusements, disregarding the decades of exclusion and violence they had experienced.

The racial stereotypes that justified swimming segregation are not often openly expressed today. However, we still see their impact on our urban and suburban landscapes. Closed public pools and shuttered skating rinks degrade urban centers.

And there are moments when one hears the direct echo of those earlier struggles. In 2009, for example, the owner of a private swim club in Philadelphia excluded black children attending a Philadelphia day care center, saying they would change the “complexion” of the club.

These incidents, and our collective memories, are explicable only in the context of a rarely acknowledged history.

Victoria W. Wolcott is a Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit independent news site dedicated to unlocking ideas from academia for the public, under a Creative Commons license. Read more about race in America.


Protests at pools

Major civil rights campaigns targeted amusement park segregation, most notably at Gwynn Oak Park in Baltimore and Glen Echo Park outside of Washington, D.C. And other parks, such as Fontaine Ferry in Louisville, were sites of major racial clashes when African Americans sought entrance.

By the early 1970s, most of America’s urban amusement parks like Cleveland’s Euclid Beach and Chicago’s Riverview were closed for good. Some white consumers perceived the newly integrated parks as unsafe and in turn park owners sold the land for considerable profit. Other urban leisure sites – public swimming pools, bowling alleys and roller-skating rinks – also closed down as white consumers fled cities for the suburbs.

The increase of gated communities and homeowners associations, what the political scientist Evan McKenzie calls “privatopia,” also led to the privatization of recreation. Another factor contributing to the decline of public recreation areas was the Federal Housing Administration, which in the mid-1960s openly discouraged public ownership of recreational facilities. Instead, they promoted private homeowner associations in planned developments with private pools and tennis courts.


The secret San Francisco history of Dolores Park's long lost swimming pool

An historic image of Dolores Park taken on July 6, 1910, shows children in a wading pool.

A wading pool at San Francisco's Dolores Park?

Sure, some 20-somethings may have soaked their feet once or twice in a plastic kiddie pool while sipping frosty Fort Points at the park on a balmy day, but more than 100 years ago, a massive concrete-lined wading pool was a permanent attraction.

The shallow pool was constructed by the city on the south side of the park circa. 1909, three years after the devastating 1906 earthquake, according to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. It cost $128 to build, just about what a boutique-shop bathing suit goes for in the 21st century.

The pool lasted until at least the late 1920s, according to Rec and Park, before being converted into a playground that was renovated a handful of times over the decades. Most recently, it underwent a $3.5 million renovation that was completed in 2012 and is now named for the late philanthropist Helen Diller, wife of billionaire real estate developer Sanford Diller.

In the early 1900s, the surrounding Mission District was dominated by Irish and German households with large nuclear families of as many as six or seven children, according to Bill Issel, a professor emeritus at S.F. State University and author of several books on the city's history including "San Francisco: 1865-1931."

"A not-very-costly concrete lined pool would be popular with the neighborhood when the city removed the temporary shelters, some tents and some of the 'earthquake shacks,' that Katherine Felton built when she was in charge of earthquake relief after the '06 quake and fire," Issel wrote in an email, referring to the founder of the Associated Charities of San Francisco who helped relocate people who lost homes in the earthquake in tents at local parks, including Dolores Park.

An historic image of Dolores Park taken on August 11, 1917, shows a former wading pool. The image was taken at the J-Church J-Line dedication, according to OpenSF History.

The Dolores Park swimming pool was one of at least two "informal pools that were freeform and surrounded by rock curbs" that were built in the early 1900s and part of the city's first public water recreation, according to Rec and Park. Another was built in Golden Gate Park circa. 1909.

After the earthquake, in the 1910s and 1920s, neighborhood improvement associations in the city promoted all kinds of projects, including recreation projects, and they worked with the city Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and the city government to get things done, Issel explained.


The largest pool in the U.S. was once in San Francisco

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

7 of 30 1940s: Huge crowds enjoy the immensely popular Fleishhacker Pool next to Ocean Beach. Western Neighborhoods Project Show More Show Less

Fleishhacker Pool, San Francisco, CA (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

July 19, 1949: A swim meet at Fleishhacker Pool, which opened in 1925, accommodating thousands of spectators. Johnny Weissmuller was among the world-class swimmers who competed at the saltwater pool -- the largest in the U.S. (Hearst file)

11 of 30 Young people jump off the high-diving platform at Fleishhacker Pool in July 1961. Chronicle staff / The Chronicle 1961 Show More Show Less

July 17, 1973: These Oakland kids came to swim, but instead have a WallyWorld moment when they encounter an empty Fleishhacker Pool. (Arthur Frisch / Hearst)

Feb. 7, 1981: After sitting empty for a decade, surrounded by fence and religious graffiti, Fleishhacker Pool was filled with rocks and cement. I shed a tear. This could have been the greatest skate park the world has ever seen. (Gary Fong / Hearst)

Fleishhacker Pool(circa 1925) Girl diving from car. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org.

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Fleishhacker Pool Under Construction 1923 Car Ad. View north towards pool and Sloat Blvd. Courtesy of OpenSFHistory.org.

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19 of 30 Fleishhacker Pool 07/19/1949 Ken McLaughlin/The Chronicle Show More Show Less

Fleishhacker Pool, possibly in the 1940s. The pool near Ocean Beach was promoted as the warmest outdoor pool in the world.

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An aerial view of Fleishhacker Pool.

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23 of 30 Undated photograph of the Fleishhacker pool at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Calif. The Chronicle Show More Show Less

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

The facade of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012, can be found in the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo.

If you pull into the parking lot of the San Francisco Zoo you might notice an ornate building facade that stands behind a barbed wire fence, seemingly out of place and without any historical explanation.

That crumbling face and its decorative carvings were formerly part of the Fleishhacker Pool poolhouse, a city landmark from 1924 to 2012. The gigantic pool it served was built by Bay Area local philanthropist and city Parks Commissioner Herbert Fleishhacker to accommodate 10,000 swimmers.

The pool opened on April 23, 1925. It was filled by 6.5 million gallons of saltwater pumped in from the nearby ocean at high tide. At 1,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, plus a separate tiered diving tower, it was the largest pool in the United States at the time. Local lifeguards used wooden rowboats to traverse the expanse it was so large.

It opened to much fanfare from the city and it was said that in the 1920s and 1930s movie stars such as Johnny Weismuller, Esther Williams and Ann Curtis all swam there.

The water was heated, though it generally fluctuated between 65 and 75 degrees &mdash a chilly temperature for most swimmers.

The pool was even used for aquatic drills by the military during war years.

We asked the Facebook group San Francisco Remembered for their memories swimming in the pool. Sandy Shaw said she learned how to swim there and it was also where she got her first summer job when she was 14 (in 1960) as a &ldquoLocker Girl,&rdquo &ldquoMy duties entailed checking stamp on hand to make sure they paid the entry fee, monitoring & overseeing the public/swimmers re policies, rules and guidelines for safety (i.e., running, wearing the proper foot protection, etc.) handing out & gathering the towels, sweeping and hosing down the entire locker room, including the shower area (it was huge!)&rdquo

Many people remembered passing swim tests at the pool for San Francisco public schools (which required learning to swim for graduation) as well as competing in swim competitions in the pool. Mike Murphy said, &ldquoAll City Swim Meets were held there. I was on the Mission High swim team. I spent a lot of time there.&rdquo

Elizabeth Damon Mitchell said, &ldquoYes! I remember finally being allowed to swim in the deep end when I passed the swim 'test.' I think I had to swim a lap across and tread water for one minute. Salty and freezing! Then I got to swim a long lap from end to end. Good times.&rdquo

Ellie Cannon added, &ldquoRed Cross swimming lessons were five cents. It was cold there for sure.&rdquo

A few mentioned that there was even a longstanding rumor that a shark roamed the pool.

Unfortunately, strong storms in 1971 caused extensive damage that eventually led to the pool&rsquos closure. Studies showed that public usage was extremely low (22,140 in 1970), the annual operating costs were high ($56,000), and there was little revenue ($6,000) to offset these costs, according to the San Francisco Zoo.

Refurbishment was out of the question.

The abandoned poolhouse was left neglected for years, only to be extensively graffitied and left to play host to raccoons, feral cats and the occasional squatter.

On December 1, 2012 a fire broke out, leaving only the facade you can see now.

Today, the filled-in pool operates as a guest parking lot run by the San Francisco Zoological Society with oversight by San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. The city still owns the land.


Excerpt: Contested Waters

INTRODUCTION

"Just Don't Touch the Water"

In 1898 Boston's mayor Josiah Quincy sent Daniel Kearns, secretary of the city's bath commission, to study Philadelphia's bathing pools. Philadelphia was the most prolific early builder of municipal pools, operating nine at the time. All but three were located in residential slums and, according to Kearns, attracted only "the lower classes or street gamins." City officials had built the austere pools during the 1880s and early 1890s—before the germ theory of disease transmission was popularly accepted—and intended them to provide baths for working-class men and women, who used them on alternating days. The facilities lacked showers, because the pools themselves were the instruments of cleaning. Armed with the relatively new knowledge of the microbe, Kearns was disturbed to see unclean boys plunging into the water: "I must say that some of the street gamins, both white and colored, that I saw, were quite as dirty as it is possible for one to conceive." While the unclean boys shocked Kearns, blacks and whites swimming together elicited no surprise. He commented extensively on the shared class status of the "street gamins" and their dirtiness but mentioned their racial diversity only in passing. Nor did racial difference seem to matter much to the swimmers, at least not in this social context. The pools were wildly popular. Each one recorded an average of 144,000 swims per summer, or about 1,500 swimmers per day.

Fifty-three years later, the scene at a municipal pool in Youngstown, Ohio, was quite different. A Little League baseball team had won the 1951 city championship and decided to celebrate at the local pool. The large facility was situated within the sylvan beauty of the city's Southside Park, not in a residential slum. The pool itself was surrounded by a broad deck and grassy lawn, both of which provided swimmers ample space to play games or lie in the sun. The pool was clearly intended to promote leisure, not cleanliness. To celebrate their baseball victory, coaches, players, parents, and siblings showed up at the pool, but not all were admitted. One player, Al Bright, was denied entrance because he was black. The lifeguards forced him to sit on the lawn outside the fence as everyone else played in the pool. The unwritten rule was clear, one guard told the coach, "Negroes are not permitted in the pool area." After an hour had passed, several parents pleaded with the guards to let Al into the pool for at least a couple of minutes. Finally, the supervisor relented Al could "enter" the pool as long as everyone else got out and he sat inside a rubber raft. As his teammates and other bystanders looked on, a lifeguard pushed him once around the pool. "Just don't touch the water," the guard constantly reminded him, "whatever you do, don't touch the water."

How is it that so much had changed in those fifty years? At its heart, this book answers that question. It explains how and why municipal swimming pools in the northern United States were transformed from austere public baths—where blacks, immigrants, and native-born white laborers swam together, but men and women, rich and poor, and young and old did not—to leisure resorts, where practically everyone in the community except black Americans swam together. As the opening vignettes suggest, this social, cultural, and institutional transformation occurred during the first half of the twentieth century and involved the central developments of the period: urbanization, the erosion of Victorian culture, Progressive reform, the emergence of popular recreation, the gender integration and racial segregation of public space, and the sexualization of public culture. In short, the history of swimming pools dramatizes America's contested transition from an industrial to a modern society.

But the story does not end there. A second social transformation occurred at municipal swimming pools after midcentury. Black Americans challenged segregation by repeatedly seeking admission to whites-only pools and by filing lawsuits against their cities. Eventually, these social and legal protests desegregated municipal pools throughout the North, but desegregation rarely led to meaningful interracial swimming. When black Americans gained equal access to municipal pools, white swimmers generally abandoned them for private pools. Desegregation was a primary cause of the proliferation of private swimming pools that occurred after the mid-1950s. By the 1970s and 1980s, tens of millions of mostly white middle-class Americans swam in their backyards or at suburban club pools, while mostly African and Latino Americans swam at inner-city municipal pools. America's history of socially segregated swimming pools thus became its legacy.

Throughout their history, municipal pools served as stages for social conflict. Latent social tensions often erupted into violence at swimming pools because they were community meeting places, where Americans came into intimate and prolonged contact with one another. People who might otherwise come in no closer contact than passing on the street, now waited in line together, undressed next to one another, and shared the same water. The visual and physical intimacy that accompanied swimming made municipal pools intensely contested civic spaces. Americans fought over where pools should be built, who should be allowed to use them, and how they should be used.

This is a very different view of urban space than presented by historians John Kasson, Kathy Peiss, and David Nasaw. They characterize commercial amusements at the turn of the twentieth century—such as Coney Island, dance halls, and movie houses—as social melting pots that rather painlessly dissolved earlier class and gender divisions but reinforced racial distinctions. According to Nasaw, "'going out' meant laughing, dancing, cheering, and weeping with strangers with whom one might—or might not—have anything in common. . . . Only persons of color were excluded or segregated from the audience." Kasson makes essentially the same point when he concludes that commercial amusements "help[ed] to knit a heterogeneous audience into a cohesive whole."

Just the opposite was true at swimming pools early in the twentieth century. Northerners' use of municipal pools throughout the Progressive Era reinforced class and gender divisions but not racial distinctions. Cities strictly segregated pools along gender lines, and people from different social classes almost never swam together. In many cases, middle-class northerners fought vigorously to ensure that working-class swimmers did not intrude upon their recreation spaces. By contrast, blacks and working-class whites commonly swam together, often without conflict.

All this changed during the 1920s, when northerners redrew the lines of social division at municipal pools. Different social classes of whites and both sexes plunged into the same pools and simultaneously excluded black Americans. This social reconstruction had many causes. The Great Black Migration contributed to the onset of racial segregation at pools by intensifying residential segregation in northern cities and heightening perceptions of black- white racial difference. Conversely, economic prosperity and the decline in European immigration mitigated perceptions of class and ethnic difference. Middle-class northerners generally became willing to swim in the same pools with working-class whites because they did not seem as poor, foreign, or unhealthy as before. Also, municipal pools became more appealing to the middle class during the 1920s because cities redesigned them as leisure resorts and typically located them in open and accessible parks rather than residential slums. At the same time, municipal officials began permitting males and females to swim together because they intended the new resort pools to promote family and community sociability. The concerns about intimacy and sexuality that had necessitated gender segregation previously did not disappear during the 1920s rather, they were redirected at black Americans in particular. Whites in many cases quite literally beat blacks out of the water at gender-integrated pools because they would not permit black men to interact with white women at such intimate public spaces. Thus, municipal pools in the North continued to be intensely contested after 1920, but the lines of social division shifted from class and gender to race.

Historians have largely ignored this racial contest over public space in northern cities after 1920, focusing instead on housing, work discrimination, and schools. John McGreevy, for example, recently concluded that "racial violence in the North centered on housing and not, for the most part, on access to public space." This book tells a different story. The imposition of racial segregation at municipal pools was a violent and contested process in the North. Blacks and whites battled one another with their fists as well as with bats, rocks, and knives. Racial segregation succeeded not because black Americans acquiesced, but because white swimmers steadfastly attacked black swimmers who entered pools earmarked for whites and because public institutions—namely the police and courts—enforced the prejudice of the majority rather than the rights of minority.

The social reconstruction of municipal pools between 1920 and 1940 marked a fundamental shift in northern social values and patterns of social interaction. During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the difference between people with "black" skin and those with "white" skin was a less significant social distinction than class. Furthermore, what we now think of as "race" was a less significant public social division than gender, class, and even generation. That changed during the 1920s, when race emerged as the most salient and divisive social distinction. Northern cities became fundamentally more integrated along class, gender, and generational lines, yet more segregated along racial lines. This racial division persisted throughout the rest of the twentieth century, despite court-ordered desegregation and the civil rights movement.

Northerners also contested public culture at municipal pools. During the late nineteenth century, working-class boys battled with Victorian public officials to determine the use and function of these new institutions. Public officials intended municipal pools to be used "seriously" as baths and fitness facilities. They were supposed to instill the working classes with middle-class values and habits of life. In defiance of these expectations, working-class boys transplanted their boisterous and pleasure-centered swimming culture from natural waters and defined municipal pools as public amusements. In doing so, they undermined Victorian public culture and helped popularize the pleasure-centered ethos that came to define modern American culture. During the 1920s and 1930s, swimmers refashioned attitudes about the body and cultural standards of public decency by what they wore and how they presented themselves at municipal pools. City officials attempted to dampen the sexual charge sparked by mixed-gender use and to limit exhibitionism and voyeurism by mandating conservative swimsuits. They could not, however, control popular demand. The acceptable size of swimsuits shrank during the interwar years and pools became eroticized public spaces. As a result, public objectification of the body became implicitly acceptable, and public decency came to mean exhibiting an attractive appearance rather than protecting one's modesty. The female nakedness and overt sexuality that pervade contemporary American culture originated, in part, at swimming pools. In these ways, ordinary Americans reshaped public culture by what they did and what they wore at municipal pools.

Municipal swimming pools were extraordinarily popular during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Cities throughout the country built thousands of pools—many of them larger than football fields—and adorned them with sand beaches, concrete decks, and grassy lawns. Tens of millions of Americans flocked to these public resorts to swim, sunbathe, and socialize. In 1933 an extensive survey of Americans' leisure-time activities conducted by the National Recreation Association found that as many people swam frequently as went to the movies frequently. In other words, swimming was as much a part of Americans' lives as was going to the movies. Furthermore, Americans attached considerable cultural significance to swimming pools during this period. Pools became emblems of a new, distinctly modern version of the good life that valued leisure, pleasure, and beauty. They were, in short, an integral part of the kind of life Americans wanted to live.

This story of tens of millions of Americans flocking to municipal pools, reshaping cultural standards, and redefining the meaning of the good life presents a very different view of modern American culture than offered by most historians. William Leach, Gary Cross, and Richard Fox and T. J. Jackson Lears are unanimous in arguing that consumption and commercialism became the dominant cultural ethos in twentieth-century America, effectively wiping out all competing public cultures. In their introduction to The Culture of Consumption, Fox and Lears claim that "consumption became a cultural ideal, a hegemonic 'way of seeing' in twentieth-century America." Additionally, many cultural historians characterize Americans as passive receivers of this consumer culture supposedly created and popularized by marketers, movie producers, merchants, and entrepreneurs. As William Leach argues in Land of Desire, "the culture of consumer capitalism may have been among the most non-consensual public cultures ever created . . . it was not produced by 'the people' but by commercial groups in association with other elites." This was not the case at municipal swimming pools, where ordinary Americans helped create a vibrant public culture not primarily focused on spending money and consuming goods.

Finally, the history of swimming pools reveals changes in the quality of community life and the extent of civic engagement in modern America. From the 1920s to the 1950s, municipal pools served as centers of community life and arenas for public discourse. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people gathered at these public spaces where the contact was sustained and interactive. Neighbors played, chatted, and flirted with one another, but they also fought with one another over who should and should not be allowed to swim and what sorts of activities and clothing were appropriate for this intimate public space. In short, community life was fostered, monitored, and disputed at municipal pools. The proliferation of private swimming pools after the mid-1950s, however, represented a retreat from public life. Millions of Americans abandoned public pools precisely because they preferred to pursue their recreational activities within smaller and more socially selective communities. Instead of swimming, socializing, and fighting with a diverse group of people at municipal pools, private-pool owners fenced themselves into their own backyards. The consequences have been, to a certain extent, atomized recreation and diminished public discourse.


Monastery of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole

Saint-Paul-de-Mausole / Stock Photos from 54115341 / Shutterstock

The monastery is another building famous for having hosted Vincent Van Gogh towards the last years of his life, between 1889 and 1890.

Its name derives from the nearby Roman Mausoleum. Van Gogh’s reconstructed room is open to visitors, as are the central alley and the Romanesque church.

The estate includes a pretty 12th-century cloister, a masterpiece of Provençal Romanesque art. The intimate cloister is beautiful and peaceful, full of flowering gardens, which have been extensively photographed.

It currently houses a psychiatric hospital and, as a result, visiting is subject to the amount of people there at any one time in order to maintain the tranquillity of the place.


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The seeds of segregation bloom

Between the 1920s when the public swimming craze began and its second boom in the 50s and 60s, more Black Americans learned to swim but there were very few Black pools that were well-kept.

But the convenient access the white community had to pools and the development of their swimming skills led to &ldquosuccessive generations&rdquo of white parents teaching their kids to swim and to be competitive whereas the inverse unfolded in the Black community, Wiltse said.

And there are statistics to back the claim.

According to the USA Swimming Foundation, 64% of Black Americans have little to no swimming ability (compared to 40% in whites). Furthermore, the foundation found that when an adult does not know how to swim, the children in that household only have a 19% chance of learning to swim themselves.

This helps explain why Black children ages 5-19 drowned at rates 5.5 times higher than their white counterparts between 1990 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

&ldquo“Socio-political discrimination leads to a lack of access which leads to whites swimming in much higher numbers than Blacks swimming. Then it becomes cultural perceptions, then perceptions of physiological difference. It’s watching the process of racism work.”&rdquo

Jeff Wiltse, history professor at the University of Montana

The legacy of segregation white-washed the activity and told Black people that swimming is just not for them. After a while, this stigma was widely accepted &mdash by both sides.

&ldquoSocio-political discrimination leads to a lack of access which leads to whites swimming in much higher numbers than Blacks swimming,&rdquo Wiltse said. &ldquoThen it becomes cultural perceptions, then perceptions of physiological difference. It&rsquos watching the process of racism work.&rdquo

The solution to change the lasting impact of pool segregation and to diversify the waters of competitive swim teams is to create more access for Black bodies, said University of Louisville head swim coach Arthur Albiero.

And the three Black swimmers on his team &mdash Olivia Livingston, Tristen Ulett and Caleb Duncan &mdash serve as examples.

Olivia Livingston, a 19-year-old freshman swimmer at the University of Louisville, is one of three Black swimmers on the Cardinals swim and dive team. When she looks back over the lack of access African Americans have had in swimming she asks herself: "What if I had never gotten the opportunity to swim?" (Photo: Adam Creech/ Louisville Athletics)

Livingston remembers learning to swim around the age of 6, ironically through the YMCA&rsquos learn-to-swim program in her hometown outside of Pittsburgh. After that, her mother&rsquos friend suggested that she sign Olivia up for a summer league swim team when she was 8.

At the time, she didn&rsquot give much thought to being one of the only Black swimmers on her team nor did she think she could be great at the sport.

It wasn&rsquot until she was 12 and saw Simone Manuel make history at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as the first black woman to win an individual medal in swimming, that Livingston realized someone that looked like her could be successful in swimming, she said.

&ldquo“Just to think that people that look like me were deprived of (the opportunity to swim) makes me really upset because it had such a big effect. Now, so many African Americans do not know how to swim and it’s such a big deal. It’s survival basically.”&rdquo

Olivia Livingston, University of Louisville swimmer

When Livingston thinks of the history of the &ldquolearn-to-swim movement&rdquo and how it failed to permeate the culture of her community she asks herself: What if I had never gotten the opportunity to swim?

&ldquoJust to think that people that look like me were deprived of (the opportunity to swim) makes me really upset because it had such a big effect,&rdquo Livingston, 19, said. &ldquoNow, so many African Americans do not know how to swim and it&rsquos such a big deal. It&rsquos survival basically.&rdquo


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