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Salina in Saline County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Oakdale/Carver Pool

Molly Dilworth - Brooklyn, NY

 

—Smoky Hill River Festival & Salina Art Center 2012 —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 10, 2016
1. Oakdale/Carver Pool Marker
Inscription.

Brooklyn-based artist, Molly Dilworth, combined traditional European and Afro-Caribbean patterns for Oakdale/Carver pool. Integrating the histories of Salina's summer pastime activity - swimming - the large 1920's municipal pool (more recently an ice skating rink and shallow pond) is painted with two patterns. The framing design is derived from Pennsylvania Dutch barn decorations and English-Irish quilt designs - reflecting the population allowed to swim at Oakdale. The inset design - sourced from Central African baskets, beadwork, and Gee's Bend quilt patterns - demarcates the size (40ft by 60ft) of the Carver Pool which opened in 1948 as a blacks-only pool during Salina's days of segregation. This work will be visible through virtual maps such as Google Earth, marking a visual history of Salina from an aerial perspective.
 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 38° 50.071′ N, 97° 36.214′ W. Marker is in Salina, Kansas, in Saline County. Marker is on Kenwood Park Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Oakdale Park, Salina KS 67401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 300 feet away, measured

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By William Fischer, Jr., January 10, 2016
2. Oakdale/Carver Pool and Marker
in a direct line); Gen. John A. Logan (about 700 feet away); Oakdale Memorial Gateway (about 700 feet away); Col. William A. Phillips (about 700 feet away); Fox-Watson Theatre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Founders Park (approx. half a mile away); The Founders of the Salina Town Company (approx. half a mile away); M60 Main Battle Tank (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salina.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oakdale / Carver Pool at Brooklyn Arts Council website. (Submitted on January 14, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Oakdale / Carver Pool at Molly Dilworth website. (Submitted on January 14, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public WorkCivil RightsMan-Made Features
 
Oakdale/Carver Pool and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 10, 2016
3. Oakdale/Carver Pool and Marker
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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