Veteran's Memorial Branch YMCA

Description:

In 1946 Arlington's African American community leaders began fundraising for the Veteran's Memorial Branch YMCA. Recreational facilities, including those sponsored by the existing YMCA, were segregated along racial lines at the time. Spearheaded by life-long activist and community resident Edmund Fleet, the Veteran's Memorial Branch YMCA opened in 1949.

It sponsored social and recreational activities for Arlington's black youth. In the 1960s, a pool was added to the facility so Arlington's black youth would finally have a safe place to swim in the county. This photograph shows the groundbreaking for the swimming pool.


Date:

1949

Creator:

None recorded.

Source:

RG 11- Papers of Edmund C. Fleet, Arlington Central Library, Center for Local History. Arlington, Virginia.

Subject

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Identifier

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Contributor

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Rights

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Citation

“Veteran's Memorial Branch YMCA,” Built By the People Themselves, accessed October 17, 2017, http://lindseybestebreurtje.org/arlingtonhistory/items/show/51.

Geolocation

YMCA.JPG