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Swimming class at Douglass Park, 1944

Posted on August 7, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
African-American swimming class at Douglas Park pool in July 1944. These girls, in that week's Herald-Leader classes at Douglas pool, were learning how to use their arms to reach out and pull themselves through the water.  In the center, demonstrating the strokes, are (left to right) Life Guard A.D. Burroughs, Head Instructor Lucian P. Garrett, Life Guard Morrison Jenkins and Assistant Instructor Leonard Mills Jr.  Published in the Lexington Leader August 3, 1944. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

A girls swimming class was held at the Douglass Park pool in July 1944. These girls, in that week’s Herald-Leader classes at Douglass pool, were learning to use their arms to pull themselves through the water. In the center, demonstrating the strokes, were lifeguard A.D. Burroughs, head instructor Lucian P. Garrett, lifeguard Morrison Jenkins and assistant instructor Leonard Mills Jr. Lexington city parks were segregated in the 1940s, and Douglass Park was for black residents.  Published in the Lexington Leader August 3, 1944. 

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