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This is a photo of a photo of the old East Point public pool, just down the street from my house, circa early ‘50s. Wasn’t it glorious? Look at all those white people, young and old, swimmers and sunbathers and people-watchers. And the pool is huge! I couldn’t even fit the whole thing in one shot. On a weekend like this past weekend, a string of muggy days in the mid-nineties, a pool like that would be a treasure.

But this pool, like many others in Atlanta was shut down, filled in, and otherwise destroyed during the era of desegregation. In its place there now stands the East Point Historical Society, where I found the photo, above.

Historical society

I spent my Saturday morning here instead of poolside. It’s another old house that was moved to a new location and reassembled for historical purposes. It seem like putting the museum on this spot would be kind of like building a house on a sacred Indian burial ground or something. I’m one one of the hot, sweaty residents, robbed of a pool, that came back to haunt the place.

Comments

Todd

Hannah,
It's awesome that you take SO much interest in the East Point area (It's like ya'll live there!) If you are looking for a resource about that area. My pops worked that area FOREVER for the ATL gaslight company. He grew up around there also. When ever he drives around there for a side-job with me it's like a constant history lesson. It's amazing.

East Point Historical Society

The house is in the appropriate spot and unlike building a house "On a sacred indian burial ground", this is more likely a case of building a battle memorial on an old battle field. The pool is only one story to be told about this plot of land and was not closed during the era of desegregation but rather was more of a "If we can't have it to ourselves then we ain't gonna share it!' attitude. Another explaination in addition to the above was that the pool was in such a state of disrepair in the 1980's that it had to be closed. The photo originally hung in the Jefferson Park Rec center.

It is certainly appropiate for the East Point Historical Society museum to be here on this particular land. This was the Hill property, a dairy, a barbque pit ground and later the more formal barbque grounds for the "Cold Springs Que Club in the 1800's. Our city's historic artifacts had to go somewhere and I can't think of a more appropriate spot of land for them them to call home.

David

if the other people couldn't build there own pool, it wouldn't have to have been torn down.but as usual, we build it and they take it.

David

"if other people could've"

Thomas R. Hammond

I practically lived in that pool from about summer of 1955 to 1960. For $.10 a visit I went sometimes 3 times a day (and played baseball the rest of the time). I lived at the top of the hill (316 W.Forrest Ave., which became 1712 after they re-numbered). I used to watch the swimming team practice at about 7 a.m. A neighbor down the street was on the team--Tony Walker. Also, there was "clay court" tennis courts on the east side of the pool. They had a lot of tournaments there. May be the reason Americans never win @ the French Open anymore?? Haha.

hspalmer

10 cents! That's great. Can you remember what year they renumbered the houses on your street? I love learning these details.

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