When Tyler State Park was established in 1934, it was for Whites only. After years of protest including a court case, Register v. Sandifer (1949), only one side of the lake was provided for African-Americans. It took the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to open all of the park to all visitors.
Betts, Vicki. “For the Citizens of East Texas: The Desegregation of Tyler State Park.” Chronicles of Smith County, Texas 51 (2021): 2-9.