Black L.A., 1947: 126 Men, 3 Women Arrested in Raid on ‘Wild Stag Party’

The former La Vada Apartments, site of a stag party in 1947, via Google Street View.


L.A. Sentinel, 1947
April 10, 1947, Los Angeles Sentinel April 10, 1947: Police raided the ballroom of the La Vada Apartments, 249 E. Vernon, arresting 126 men who had paid $1 for admission to a stag party.

The Sentinel reported that a crap game was underway with “approximately 15 women of the ‘preferred complexion’ circulating among the crowd.”

The paper said 126 men were arrested on charges of shooting dice and three women were arrested on charges of selling liquor without a license.

“Observers reported that the beautiful women present were herded into a police car, but the Sentinel could find no record of their being detained at police headquarters.”

The men were fined $5 to $10 and given two-day suspended sentences.

The Sentinel then published the names of all of those who had been arrested:

April 10, 1947, Los Angeles Sentinel
April 10, 1947, L.A. Sentinel

 

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About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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4 Responses to Black L.A., 1947: 126 Men, 3 Women Arrested in Raid on ‘Wild Stag Party’

  1. Benito says:

    “Preferred complexion”? Aka beautiful, I guess.

    Like

  2. Michael Lott says:

    I’ve got a family member on the list! Sadly, all the people who knew him are dead. Thanks for these posts.

    Like

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