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Black L.A., 1947: Sentinel Reports on City’s Segregated Fire Department

Engine Co. 30 in 1947, top, and via Google Street View. Oct. 9, 1947: The Sentinel reports on segregation in the Los Angeles Fire Department. Sentinel Publisher Leon H. Washington Jr. said that because of segregation, “there are a number … Continue reading

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Oct. 5, 1907: White Neighbors Fight Hilliard Stricklin’s Retirement Home for Blacks

Note: Here’s an entry I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. I thought newer readers might enjoy it. Oct. 5, 1907 Los Angeles Hilliard Stricklin is a man with an urgent desire to do something for his fellow African Americans. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Racism on the Menu as Bullock’s Tea Room Refuses to Serve Blacks

The former Bullock’s downtown store at 7th and Hill Streets, via Google Street View. May 22, 1947: The campaign to integrate the tea room of Bullock’s downtown store apparently began with Edith Cotterell, who had an account at the department … Continue reading

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

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. … Continue reading

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Black L.A., 1947: White Student Refuses to Leave Black School

April 10, 1947: James O. Plinton Jr., left, and Sentinel Publisher Leon H. Washington with one of the Grumman planes Plinton bought for his air service. April 10, 1947: Karla Rosel Galarza, 22, is refusing requests by the Washington, D.C., … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Huge Blast Kills 17, Show Dangers of Industry Moving Into Black Neighborhoods

Feb. 20, 1947: An aerial view of the devastation from the explosion at the O’Connor Electroplating Corp.,  926 E. Pico Blvd.  Los Angeles Public Library Herald Examiner collection. The site of the O’Connor Electroplating explosion via Google Satellite View. The … Continue reading

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June 24, 1958

  t left, a nine-room home in an all-white neighborhood is heavily vandalized after being sold to an African American doctor and his family. The Times says vandals caused $15,000 ($109,315.53 USD 2007) damage to the newly redecorated home at … Continue reading

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June, 7, 1958

Above and at left, what do you do with an African American professor who is a faculty member at an African American school, Alcorn A&M College, and attempts to enroll at an all-white campus, the University of Mississippi at Oxford? … Continue reading

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May 7, 1958

Above, in Louisiana, even the boxing ring is segregated … Below, problems for Bing Crosby’s son Dennis. A "tall, willowy, Hollywood brunette" says he’s the father of her 5 1/2-month-old daughter Denise–and there are allegations that the man who performed … Continue reading

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Countdown to Watts

Oct. 12, 1957 Yes, this really happened.  

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