The Swim-In


Lenny Foster

The Swim-In (2/15)
pigment print on cotton rag paper
9.5 x 14 inches

In 1964, the owner of the Munson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine poured hydrochloric acid into a pool where both Black and White protesters were swimming in an attempt to desegregate the pool.  The protesters were dragged out of the pool by police and the event garnered national newspaper and television attention. The public outcry that resulted from this and other civil rights violations in town, were instrumental in pressuring President Lyndon B. Johnson and Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act.

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