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Swimming Pool Club Apologizes for Barring Jewish Negro Family

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Owners of a pool who barred the family of a Jewish Negro member of Temple Shomrei Emunah of Montclair have apologized for the action and pledged to discontinue any discrimination, officials of the synagogue reported today.

The synagogue had charged the Preakness Pool Swimming Club with barring the Negro family and another Negro family invited to a synagogue outing on June 2. The pool owners defended the action on grounds the pool was a private one but the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights filed a complaint.

The letter of apology said “It is with deep humility that we beg your forgiveness for this unfortunate occurrence. It is our purpose and intent, commencing immediately, that our club shall be operated in a manner wherein no discrimination will be shown to any group or individual because of race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry.” Congregation trustees voted to accept the letter.

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