California Beach Seized in 1924 From a Black Family Could Be Returned

California Beach Seized in 1924 From a Black Family Could Be Returned

The New York Times-US·2021-04-19 06:02

Nearly a century after a Southern California city shuttered a beach resort owned by a Black couple, the city, county and state are still reckoning over how to right past wrongs.

The resort was established by Willa and Charles Bruce in Manhattan Beach, Calif., in 1912. During the Jim Crow era, they built a destination where Black tourists could swim, dance, eat and rest. But in 1924, Manhattan Beach officials invoked eminent domain and condemned the Bruces’ land.

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