AFRICAN & BLACK HISTORY

AFRICAN & BLACK HISTORY

08-07-2022

15:20

In 1912, Black Californians Charles & Willa Bruce bought a small slice of Manhattan Beach real estate for around $1,200. They built a resort for fellow Black families in the area who found themselves unwelcome at Whites-only beaches.

Everyone from neighbors, the police, the city council and even the KKK tried to close the beach down. The city imposed 10-minute parking limits near the beach to try and discourage visitors.

Finally in 1924, the Manhattan Beach city council just seized the property entirely, offering the Bruces a fraction of their asking price.

Today, the stretch of beach is worth around $20 million — and Los Angeles County just voted to finally return it to the Bruces' descendants.



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