Cleaning the Pool, St. Augustine, Florida

James Kerlin1964/1964

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art
Atlanta, GA, United States

The man seen here pouring cleaning agents into a swimming pool occupied by men and women engaging in a “swim-in”, is James Brock, manager of the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida. Remarkably, Brock was considered a moderate in the St. Augustine business community - but like most other white business owners, he banned blacks from his establishment. While the protestors floated in a pool of chemicals, off-duty policemen dove in and arrested them. Brock then drained his pool, refilled it, and raised a Confederate flag over the hotel.


  • Title: Cleaning the Pool, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Creator: James Kerlin
  • Date: 1964/1964
  • Provenance: High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Purchase
  • Type: Photographs
  • Rights: Photo © 2015 High Museum of Art
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches

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