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Inside Civil Rights Heritage Center’s ‘Contested Waters’ talk

Photo courtesy of Institutional Records Collection of the Civil Rights Heritage Center, Indiana University South Bend Archives.

Photo courtesy of Institutional Records Collection of the Civil Rights Heritage Center, Indiana University South Bend Archives.

Photo courtesy of Institutional Records Collection of the Civil Rights Heritage Center, Indiana University South Bend Archives.

Photo courtesy of Institutional Records Collection of the Civil Rights Heritage Center, Indiana University South Bend Archives.


SOUTH BEND, Ind.—The Civil Rights Heritage Center hosted a community discussion on the history of segregation at city swimming pools on February 8.

The Center invited author Jeff Wiltse to speak and share stories from his book on the topic, “Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America.”

The talk took place at the Center, which is housed in a building that was a segregated swimming pool from 1922 until 1950 called the Engman Public Natatorium.

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