Bill Powell encountered racial discrimination on the golf course after returning
home from World War II, he decided to build his own place to play, one where
people of all colors would be welcome. In 1946 he established Clearview
Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio: America's Course.
With the help of his children and his late wife, Marcella, "Mr. P"
carved nine holes out of farmland while working nights as a security guard. He
opened Clearview to the public in 1948 and in 1978 expanded it to 18 holes.
The only course designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American,
Clearview was named a National Historic Site by the U.S. Department of the
Interior in 2001. It garnered Ohio Historic Site recognition the same year.
Powell learned the game of golf from her father and went on to the LPGA
Tour. Clearview's Head Golf Professional, she is known as one of America's
Larry Powell is Clearview's Course Superintendent. His work has been
recognized by NASA and the Golf Course Superintendent's Association.
After a lifetime of struggle, William Powell has received many honors
in recent years:
Lifetime membership in the PGA of America
Induction into the Ohio Veterans' Hall of Fame
Honorary doctorates from Baldwin Wallace College and Wilberforce
Unsung Hero Award from Congressional Black Caucus Spouses
His lessons have resonated far beyond his golf course.