Turkeyfoot Lake

The beach at Turkeyfoot Lake opened in 1957 on an integrated basis, attracting Black swimmers who had previously used the small lake at Virginia Kendall Park. The latter closed in 1956 when the Akron Metropolitan Park Board declared that the cost of upkeep was too much to justify its continuation. African American leaders decried the decision and questioned whether there might not be a racial motive. The Frontiers Club, a Black organization, called repeatedly for the reopening of Kendall, but in 1960 the park board introduced bluegills into the lake, making clear that fishing had replaced swimming permanently.

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Resources

  • Jackson, James S., and Ray C. Sutliff. “Only Fish to Swim at Kendall.” Akron Beacon Journal. June 12, 1960.

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