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CELEBRATING BRUCE’S BEACH

NEWSLETTER WINTER 2007

Celebrating Bruce's Beach
Wedding Potrait of Charles and Willa Bruce

Wedding Portrait of Charles and Willa Bruce

On March 31, Southern California celebrated the renaming of an ocean front park back to Bruce’s Beach. Bruce’s Beach was one of the few beaches in Southern California in the early 1900s that was not off-limits to African Americans. Manhattan Beach condemned Bruce’s Beach and forced out the black community in the 1920’s and 30’s. The City Project has worked with Bernard Bruce, the Bruce’s grandson, to revive the forgotten history of the people and place. It is important to do more than just rename the park. We are working with Judy Baca and SPARC on public art and interpretive panels to celebrate the proud legacy of Bruce’s Beach and African-American Los Angeles.

Learn more about the history of Bruce’s Beach at Our Work.