East 9th Street Pier was the principal Cleveland dock for passenger ships that plied Lake Erie into the mid-20th century. It was also home to a popular restaurant, Captain Frank’s Seafood House. Additional information coming soon.
Beaches and Piers
On-Erie Beach, also sometimes called Erie Beach or Erie-on-the-Beach, was a regular destination for Black organizations’ gatherings in the 1930s-40s. It was located two miles west of Lorain, Ohio, near old Route 2 and Stop 110 on the Lake Shore Electric interurban railway. Additional information coming soon.
Edgewater Park Beach is located along the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway west of downtown Cleveland. For much of its history it was racially exclusionary, both for swimmers and boaters. African Americans had to go to Lorain and Sandusky because Cleveland lakefront, including Edgewater, was barred to them for launching boats into the mid-1950s. Additional information coming […]
Burton’s Beach, or Burton Beach, in Ashtabula County offered “cottages, dine-dance, picnic grove, swimming, tennis, baseball,” according to a 1935 ad. Additional information coming soon. Resources Burton’s Beach advertisement. Call & Post. June 6, 1935.
Craig Beach was a small amusement park, beach, and picnic ground along the western shore of Lake Milton in the northwest corner of Mahoning County. Black patrons frustrated by the Jim Crow policies at Youngstown’s Idora Park traveled eighteen miles to Craig Beach in 1937 for their annual “Negro Day” outing. The Pittsburgh Courier reported […]
Gordon Park’s beach was segregated in the years before World War II. As in nearby Glenville, a brief time of integration in the early postwar years gave way to white abandonment and municipal neglect. Additional information coming soon Resources “Gordon Park.” Cleveland Historical. https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/143. “What’s Wrong With CLEVELAND: Pollution and Prejudice Keep Race Away From […]
Euclid Beach Park, located in Cleveland’s North Collinwood neighborhood along Lake Erie, was the city’s best-known amusement park for about seven decades. Euclid Beach offered general admission but refused to admit African Americans on certain days of the week and practiced racial exclusion in its dancing pavilion. Its Jim Crow policies prompted litigation and protest, […]