Da Deep End

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Da Deep End

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Da Deep End

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David Isom, 19, broke the color line in a segregated pool in Florida on June 8, 1958, which resulted in officials closing the facility.

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The most dramatic step in the civil rights arena came in 1955, when six African Americans sued the city government to end segregation at downtown bathing sites. Both Spa Beach and the indoor pool at the Spa... were reserved for whites only.

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A beach for people of color was situated a few blocks south on Tampa Bay. Referred to as the "South Mole," marked with signs proclaiming "colored only," the piece of sand was near the terminus of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad tracks and was also used as a storage site by the city.

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Rubble cluttered the beach, and bathhouse facilities were small. On April 1, 1957, the Supreme Court ruled [in favor of the six African-Americans who had sued the government]... In theory, the swimming spots were now open; in practice, they remained closed to African Americans...

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On June 8, 1958, nineteen-year-old David Isom, a recent graduate of Gibbs High School, swam at the Spa pool, adjacent the beach. "I feel that it's not a privilege, just a right," Isom said.

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The cashier who sold Isom a thirty-five-cent admission ticket said she had orders to treat Isom "like any other citizen" About forty-five white people already were in the pool when Isom entered.

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They paid little attention to Isom, and Isom said he was treated politely by everyone present. Tommy Chinnis, the head lifeguard on duty, said the youth "was like everyone else."

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Nonetheless, when Isom left after about twenty minutes in the pool area, pool manager John Gough tacked up a "closed" sign on the entrance. Gough said he was acting on orders from Windom "because a Negro has used the facilities."

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