Photos from the Negro Recreation Section

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Photos from the Negro Recreation Section

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The Center for Local History's Photo Group 218, the Ernest E. Johnson Photograph Collection, 1948-1962, consists of images of the Parks and Recreation Department's Negro Recreation Section. The photographs show children and adult activities such as sports teams, dance recitals, plays, parades and award ceremonies. Ernest E. Johnson was the head of the Negro Recreation Section and then head of all county recreation centers after desegregation in 1962. He continued to serve Arlington until the 1980s.

While these photographs are not strictly limited to the Nauck/Green Valley neighborhood, these photos provide an important look into the history of Black Arlington. Parks Department facilities under segregation were limited-- Jennie Dean Park in Green Valley had the only outdoor play fields and tennis courts accessible to Arlington's Black citizens for much of this time, for example.

For this reason, even activities not strictly within the Nauck/Green Valley neighborhood are included, as it is likely that children from the neighborhood may have participated.

Items in the Photos from the Negro Recreation Section Collection

Meeting in classroom setting
Meeting in classroom setting, speaker at dais, men only.

Trophy presentation to young man
Trophy presentation to young man in tuxedo in gym setting; Ernest Johnson standing center rear.

Teenagers at unnamed ceremony
Teenagers showing awards they have received at unnamed ceremony.

Children showing awards they have received at unnamed ceremony
Children showing awards they have received at unnamed ceremony

Theater prop
Theater prop (dragon?).

Presentation of award to unnamed woman
Presentation of award to unnamed woman, Ernest Johnson at left.

Entire children’s cast of unnamed performance, 1955
Entire children’s cast of unnamed performance, 1955.

Two men presenting a third man with a plaque
Two men presenting a third man with a plaque.

Children posed in cheerleading uniforms, 1954
Children posed in cheerleading uniforms, 1954.

Young woman handing older woman flower at unnamed formal ceremony
Young woman handing older woman flower at unnamed formal ceremony.

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