Drawing on resources including Claiming the Oriental Gateway by Shelley Sang-Hee Lee and The Forging of a Black Community by Dr. Quintard Taylor, Lee O’Connor has created a YouTube video that shares how water safety concerns and civil rights were linked in combatting the Seattle Parks Department’s initially discriminatory admission policy in the 1940s at Colman Pool in Lincoln Park. The video is titled Colman Pool: From Segregation to Integration, 1941-1944.
Based in Seattle, O’Connor is author of Take Cover, Spokane: A History of Backyard Bunkers, Basement Hideaways, and Public Fallout Shelters of the Cold War. An excerpt from the book has just been printed in the Spring 2016 issue of the Washington State Historical Society magazine Columbia and he’s also working on a documentary film based on his book. Now O’Connor is turning his attention to a book about abandoned underground missile silos in the Columbia Basin.