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Photo of the Week, 128: Dog Days of Summer Miller Park, 1937

Oh where oh where did the summer go? That’s a common refrain heard around these parts as we enter the dog days of the season and the school year fast approaches.

Perhaps we can keep some of the warm summer spirit with us into the chillier autumn days to come by recalling this July 1937 scene of carefree swimmers at Bloomington’s Miller Park. That said, it’s important to remember that African Americans were not allowed to swim at Miller Park’s main beach until the 1950s. Before then, black swimmers were required to use separate and unequal swimming facilities some distance from the white beach.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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