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Race riot at the Fairgrounds swimming pool, St. Louis, Missouri, June 21, 1949

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Creator:Southern Labor Archives
Title:Race riot at the Fairgrounds swimming pool, St. Louis, Missouri, June 21, 1949
Date:1949 June 21

Text on reverse: "News release: NEGRO SWIMMING PERMISSION INCITES RIOT.... St. Louis, Mo. A group of white youths shown crowding around a negro who already has been attacked. Two feet are shown extended as if to kick the negro to the ground. A baseball bat belonging to one of the youths is also visible. (When Negroes attempted in 1949 to enter St. Louis' municipally-owned Fairground Park swimming pool they were kicked and beaten by mobs of white youths armed with baseball bats.)" Stetson Kennedy (1916-2011), writer and civil rights activist, collected these photographs during the course of his career fighting for equality throughout the Southern United States.

Local identification number: L1979-37_072

Types:photographic prints | StillImage
Subjects:Kennedy, Stetson | Racism--Missouri--Saint Louis | Terrorism | Violence--Missouri--Saint Louis | Segregation--Missouri--Saint Louis | Violence | Race riots | United States, Missouri, Saint Louis County, Saint Louis, 38.6268039, -90.1994097
Collection:Stetson Kennedy Papers
Institution:Georgia State University Special Collections
Contributors:Georgia State University. Special Collections
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Stetson Kennedy papers, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library

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Cite as: L1979-37_072, Stetson Kennedy Papers, L1979-37, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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