And while many of today's living Crocker Street boys — now senior men — went to the Y when integration was quickly progressing in Iowa, it was still a unique space that black boys and men could call their own.
"There's a really great legacy of men," said Rick Singleton, the YMCA Good Neighbor advocate. "Some of them were the first to hold leadership positions."
After the Crocker Street Y closed, the John R. Grubb YMCA was later established in the neighborhood.
On Friday evening, old friends gathered there for the annual Crocker Street YMCA Reunion and chatted over dinner.