Black L.A. 1947: Racist Street Sign Removed; Advertisers, Officials Repudiate ‘The Equalizer’




Jan. 2, 1947: The Los Angeles Sentinel publishes a photo of a street sign reading “Dixiana Circle” at 23rd Street and Long Beach Avenue. The Sentinel reported June 6, 1946, that the street had been renamed Staunton.  Not too surprisingly, the Los Angeles Times did not report this story. The records at the City Archives don’t show any relevant listings for “Dixiana” or “Staunton.” The 1946 and 1956 Thomas Bros. Guides are similarly unhelpful.

Long Beach Avenue and 23rd Street as shown by Google Street View. There’s no trace of what was once Dixiana Circle.

The Sentinel also reports on a race-baiting local publication named The Equalizer, which published the juvenile crime records of several individuals, even though such records were typically unavailable to reporters.


Unfortunately, The Equalizer appears to have vanished without a trace. Neither the Sentinel nor The Times ever reported on it.



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