Black L.A., 1947: Racial Tensions at Fremont High Boost Homeowners’ Efforts to Keep Neighborhood White

March 20, 1947, Fremont High
March 1947: Students who walked out of classes at Fremont High School to protest the presence of six African American students stand next to a figure labeled “No Negroes” hung from a lamp post at 77th and San Pedro streets.

77th and San Pedro
San Pedro and 77th streets via Google Street View.

March 20, 1947, Fremont High
A figure reading “No Negroes Wanted” hangs from a building near Fremont High.



May 8, 1947: With a background of racial tensions at Fremont High, the Sentinel reports on a meeting at 416 E. 60th St. seeking ways to keep the neighborhood white.

In March, the Sentinel reported: “The rowdies congregated shortly before school opened and attempted to persuade other students to join them. With good-natured bantering, however, the bulk of the students braved the provocations and jeers of the demonstrators and refused to have any part in the disgraceful affair….

“One of the colored students told a Sentinel reporter that a large number of the white youngsters who were attending classes came up to her and to the other Negroes and apologized for the insulting actions of the hoodlum elements.”

After school, teachers accompanied the black students to their homes to make sure they weren’t attacked, the Sentinel said.


As shown on a Google map, the area affected by the attempt to fight integration was bounded by Main Street, Slauson Avenue, Long Beach Boulevard and Manchester Avenue, the Sentinel said.

The Sentinel reported that about 40 people attended the meeting to hear remarks by “Dr. Dye,” who was not otherwise identified. Residents were advised to join a property owners association, sign deed covenants barring non-whites and to file lawsuits to keep out people of color.

“Some at the meeting spoke with horror at the fact that three Negro and two Japanese families moved into homes on East 60th Street recently,” the Sentinel said.

One individual, identified as Mr. Doyle, was criticized for failing to sell his home to a white buyer, the Sentinel said.

May 8, 1947, Fremont High

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1 Response to Black L.A., 1947: Racial Tensions at Fremont High Boost Homeowners’ Efforts to Keep Neighborhood White

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