The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved the Nile Swim Club for the dedication of a state historical marker. There will be a ceremony dedicating the new marker on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. More details will follow regarding the event soon.
Nile Swim Club was one of the earliest African American owned and operated swim clubs in the U.S. The story of its establishment is an important example of a marginalized group successfully working for equality. In the mid-20th century, Yeadon was a segregated community, but in 1957, three black men applied for membership in the newly opened Yeadon Swim Club. When they were denied, the black community worked together to raise the money to buy land and build a swimming club of their own.
Learn more about the Nile at nileswimclub.org.