Beaches at Lake Springfield were segregated until 1952. The Lake Springfield Beach, near Lindsay Bridge, was open only to whites. African-Americans were restricted to using Bridgevew Beach, which was on the south side of the lake.
Utilities Com. John Hunter ended segregation of the lake beaches in the summer of 1952 “under pressure by the N.A.A.C.P., and a committee of religious and civic leaders,” the Illinois State Journal reported that November.
The city of Springfield closed Bridgeview Beach in the early 1970s, but the former segregation of city beaches was one of the factors cited when a federal judge overruled Springfield’s commission form of city government.
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