Thomas & Katherine Detre Library & Archives Treasures: Rev. LeRoy Patrick: Advocate for Equality


After arriving in Pittsburgh in 1951, Rev. Leroy Patrick dove headfirst into the fight to integrate the city’s public swimming pools. Though Blacks were not prevented by law from using any city pool, a culture of de facto segregation, enforced by intimidation and outright violence by Whites, prohibited them from using certain locations. In Pittsburgh’s East End, instead of being able to swim at the well-kept Highland Park Pool, Black residents were relegated to using the dilapidated Kline Pool on Washington Boulevard.

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