Friday, January 15, 2010

Historic Golf Course Endangered - Your Input Needed

Our Thanks to Stanley Miller for sharing the following:

Date: Friday, January 15, 2010, 9:12 AM

This is a message from our State NAACP Office. This is a potential tragedy. Your help is needed on this issue today!

HISTORIC GOLF COURSE IN JEOPARDY

During the first week of January you have most likely read articles in your local papers, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal , USA Today or saw the numerous television salutes on the passing of the Golf Trailblazer and American Hero, Dr. William Powell on Dec. 31, 2009.

Mr. Powell, a decorated World War II Veteran returned from the war and was denied permission to play on many golf courses because of his race. Rather than give in to injustice, he built his own course in 1946 and welcomed all people to come and play regardless of race or gender.

As PGA of America President Jim Remy stated upon learning of his death, “He was born with a fire within his heart to build on his dream. In the process, he made golf a beacon for people of all color.”

Clearview, the course he designed, built, owned and operated is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now in jeopardy of being destroyed because of a surface coal mine company, Buckeye Industrial Mining Co. planning to blast and strip the property that abuts Clearview. It is imperative that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) deny this permit!! To this date ODNR has never denied a permit for coal mining in our state.

Current plans call for blasting operations to be conducted Monday through Saturday, April 22 to September 21 from 7am to 7:30pm and from September 22 to April 21 from 8am to 5pm. This will destroy the business at Clearview as there will be no golfers coming to play with all the blasting and dust. This is turn will also destroy this National Historic Site.

Will you write a letter and send it to Renee Powell expressing your opposition to ODNR ever permitting any coal mining near Clearview? Your letter will greatly help the officials realize the significance of Clearview an important part of our American history

Please mail your letters by January 23 to:

Renee Powell
P.O. Box 30196
East Canton, Oh 44730
(330) – 488-0404
email address: cv46@aol.com

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