Landlord Puts Up “Whites Only” Sign on Pool, Says Black Girl’s Hair Clouds the Water


Explore Our Galleries

A man stands in front of the Djingareyber mosque on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. 
Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu on February 4 celebrated the recovery of its historic mausoleums, destroyed during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and rebuilt thanks to UN cultural agency UNESCO.
African Peoples Before Captivity
Shackles from Slave Ship Henrietta Marie
Kidnapped: The Middle Passage
Enslaved family picking cotton
Nearly Three Centuries Of Enslavement
Image of the first black members of Congress
Reconstruction: A Brief Glimpse of Freedom
The Lynching of Laura Nelson_May_1911 200x200
One Hundred Years of Jim Crow
Civil Rights protest in Alabama
I Am Somebody! The Struggle for Justice
Black Lives Matter movement
NOW: Free At Last?
#15-Beitler photo best TF reduced size
Memorial to the Victims of Lynching
hands raised black background
The Freedom-Lovers’ Roll Call Wall
Frozen custard in Milwaukee's Bronzeville
Special Exhibits
Dr. James Cameron
Portraiture of Resistance

Breaking News!

Today's news and culture by Black and other reporters in the Black and mainstream media.

Ways to Support ABHM?

Michael Gunn has filed a lawsuit after experiencing something he says should have ended a long time ago.  Gunn said that his landlord’s pool had a “Whites Only” sign that he claims was directed at his daughter.

A sign that the past is present…

Gunn testified before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in Cincinnati about the incident and the sign that he saw.  The hearing was to determine if there should be penalties placed on landlords who engage in this kind of hurtful activity toward residents.

The commission found that landlord, Jamie Hein, did discriminate against Gunn’s daughter.  The landlord claimed that the 10-year old girl’s hair products tainted the water in the pool.   The commission ruled that Hein violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act when he posted the sign.

Gunn says that his daughter lives with her mother but comes to visit with him regularly.  After she went swimming, the landlord sent him a text message telling him that his daughter’s hair was clouding the pool and that she would have to take a shower before getting in and wear a swim cap.  The next day, he saw a sign that said “Public Swimming Pool, White Only.”

Gunn is white, but his daughter is African American.  The issue hit him to his core.

“It’s something you’re supposed to see in history books,” Gunn said. “It’s not something you’re supposed to see posted at the building where you live.”

Read more at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

This behavior throws back to the Jim Crow era.

Comments Are Welcome

Note: We moderate submissions in order to create a space for meaningful dialogue, a space where museum visitors – adults and youth –– can exchange informed, thoughtful, and relevant comments that add value to our exhibits.

Racial slurs, personal attacks, obscenity, profanity, and SHOUTING do not meet the above standard. Such comments are posted in the exhibit Hateful Speech. Commercial promotions, impersonations, and incoherent comments likewise fail to meet our goals, so will not be posted. Submissions longer than 120 words will be shortened.

See our full Comments Policy here.

Leave a Comment