Crystal Beach

Crystal Beach was a lakeside amusement park that operated in Vermilion, Ohio, from 1907 to 1962. The earliest mention of Black visitors was that of the Union Sunday School picnic in 1908. In 1932, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Cuyahoga County Lodge of Colored Elks held its annual picnic at Crystal Beach, suggested that African American visitors were able to use at least the picnic grounds at the park.

A dancing pavilion and rollercoaster appear in this view | Source: Lake Shore Rail Maps

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  • Cleveland Gazette. July 4, 1908.
  • “Colored Elks Picnic Today.” Cleveland Plain Dealer. August 18, 1932.

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