Based on the award-winning book by William E. O’Brien, the LALH film underscores the profound inequality that persisted for decades in the number, size, and quality of state park spaces provided for Black visitors across the South. Even though it has largely faded from public awareness, the imprint of segregated design remains visible in many state parks.
Emphasizing the events leading to integration in the 1960s, the film features commentary by author William E. O’Brien and the architect Arthur J. Clement, who attended a segregated state park camp as a child. Dramatic images and live footage bring this painful history into contemporary focus.
Read about segregated state park history in Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South.
Created in association with Forster Films.