Black L.A. 1947: Wealthy Coronado Couple Charged With Holding Black Woman in Slavery

March 27, 1947, Lounge Suits
March 27, 1947: Alfred W. Ingalls, an attorney and former Massachusetts legislator, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Coronado are indicted on charges of holding Dora L. Jones as a slave.

Testifying before a federal grand jury, Jones said she was living in Alabama in 1905 when she met Elizabeth Kimball as a teacher at Jones’ missionary school. Elizabeth moved to Washington, D.C., and married Walter Harmon. Elizabeth sent for Jones to work as a domestic, news reports said.

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June 25, 1947: Alfred Ingalls and his wife, Elizabeth, in federal court in San Diego in a photo published in the Los Angeles Times.


After about four years, Jones had an affair with Walter Harmon, infuriating Elizabeth so much that she stopped paying Jones and claimed that Jones “owed her my services,” Jones said.

Jones recounted decades of physical and mental abuse: “My working hours from were from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.” Jones said: “My sleeping quarters were usually a small closet-like room in the basement provided only with a cot and a few hooks for my clothing handed down from other members of the family.”

March 27, 1947, Ingalls Slavery Case

March 27, 1947, Ingalls Slavery Case

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4 Responses to Black L.A. 1947: Wealthy Coronado Couple Charged With Holding Black Woman in Slavery

  1. Sam says:

    What “youthful indiscretion” were they holding over her head?

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  2. JAMES says:

    Any follow up to this story? Who won the case? What became of them all?

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