The idea of the community center was conceived in
the mind of Mrs. Estella Barnette (photo to the right)
The idea came after having observed the absence of
wholesome facility, commercial or private, where
Negro youngsters could play.
Under the auspices of the Women’s Study Club, a
public campaign was conducted to purchase a
residence located on N. 7th St. Opposition arose
regarding the presence of an agency to which negro
children could go in that area. A site at 140 S. 6th
St. was obtained as a compromise.
The Zanesville Civic League which operates the
center, was incorporated November 15, 1919, and
since has carried on its affairs with the duly elected
Board of Directors. During the depression the
property was enlarged with a 30 by 42 foot addition
and a five room dormitory above the addition. The
dormitory was a gift of Mrs. O. l. Martin. In the 1950’s
the emphasis of the center serving only black
residents was broadened to an interracial policy of
service to any needy area residents.
In 1965 the location of the center was changed to
1265 W. Main St. where it remained until the fall of
1984 when it was moved to the former boy’s
department of the YMCA on S. 5th Street. Shortly
after the move it was announced the YMCA building
was being vacated by December 31, 1984.
On December 10, 1984, the Community Center
moved to 518 McIntire Avenue to continue providing
programs to area youth. In 1986, the center Board
was informed that the Community Center would not
be funded by the United Way for 1987. During this
period of crisis, many new members were added to
the Board and it became the purpose of this new
group to build a new and adequate facility,
something we’ve never had in our sixty-nine year
In July 1987, the Community Center was moved to
1008 McIntire Avenue to be used as a headquarters
until the new “Center” is now located at 928 Jackson
Mrs. Estella Barnette
Ethiopia will stretch out her hands to God.
~ Psalm 68:31b
Purpose and Vision
The ZCLCC is a non-profit organization created to serve the underserved and disadvantaged youth in the community through wholesome programs and events. Through the Community Center we promote the responsibility of higher citizenship and spiritual uplifting of the people served through building positive self-esteem, academic excellence, physical fitness, mutual support, and taking an active interest in the youth and the community.
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The Zanesville Civic League Community Center provides programs that enhance and enrich life for our youth and community.