Martha Eakin of the Shaker Lakes Nature Center discusses her mother, Jean Eakin. Jean was a major figure in the battle against highway development through the Shaker Lakes in the 1960s. The grassroots campaign, often referred to as "the freeway fight," was started by Jean Eakin and quickly grew to involve numerous citizens, politicians, and community groups. The role played by Cuyahoga County Commissioner Albert Porter, a major proponent of highway development, is also discussed at length. After saving the Shaker Lakes, Jean Eakin was instrumental in the creation of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, which was designed to educate the public about environmental issues, encourage public use of the park, and provide a buffer against any future "land grabs" by the county. Martha Eakin discusses the founding of the Center as well as some ongoing goals and programming. This interview contains a wealth of information on the Eakin family.


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Eakin, Martha (interviewee)


Bifulco, Anthony (interviewer)


Shaker Lakes Nature Center



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52 minutes

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