South Chagrin Reservation

South Chagrin Reservation was a common destination for African American picnic outings and reunions by the early post-World War II years, but it was in the news for a police beating of six men on Memorial Day in 1958 that led the local chapter of the NAACP to investigate the incident.

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  • “Park Beatings ‘Whitewashed.'” Call & Post. June 14, 1958.
6204 Chagrin River Rd, Bentleyville, OH

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