Swimming in the Nile

A return to the nation's first black-owned swim club.

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The Nile Swim Club
News clipping of Harry Belafonte at the Nile Swim Club.

In that moment, I felt my grandmother beaconing me, telling me it was time to come home.

So we joined. On our first visit, I reconnected with folks I hadn't seen in more than 25 years. Some things had changed, I was taken aback a bit when I caught sight of a few white members sunning around the pool, and I was even more surprised to spot a white lifeguard. But I soon realized that it was a sign of the times and the changing neighborhoods nearby and the only way for the club to survive.