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More than just a place to socialize and play a game of billiards, Hank Hill’s Pool Hall was the center of local black political power from the 1930s through the 1960s.


Upstairs from the pool hall the Sanhedrin Club met. The Sanhedrin Club brought black political leaders of both parties together to organize voters and push for jobs for African Americans. 

The second floor also housed the law office of Zilford Carter, a leading attorney in the fight to integrate public spaces like the Natatorium. A barbershop, food pantry and church occupied the building's rear.

This multi-use building truly was a hub of community and leadership. 

Civil Rights Heritage Center. African American Landmark Tour. 2013. . https://www.iusb.edu/civil-rights/african-american-landmark-tour/Hanks%20Pool%20Hall.php.