Barbara Brandy is the first invited guest to enter the former Engman Public Natorium after it was transformed into the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center.
Years of hard work by a coalition of IU South Bend students, faculty, and community organizations transformed a wrong into a right. The former Engman Natatorium, once segregated, now was home to the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center. This place of exclusion became a place of inclusion for all.
Barbara Brandy, who was denied entry to swim as a little girl, became the first guest invited to come in. Mayor Steve Luecke welcomed her and apologized on behalf of the City for the way she was treated.
Students plant in the Peace Garden at the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, circa 2010.