SurveyLA’s African American Historic Content Statement
Work is underway on the SurveyLA African American Context, thanks to a $40,000 grant awarded by the State Office of Historic Preservation. GPA Consulting, the lead consultant on the project, along with historian Alison Rose Jefferson, are conducting research and developing themes and identifying extant resources for the context.
Covering all of the City of Los Angeles, the context will go beyond Central Avenue, the known vibrant and long-term hub of African American culture in Los Angeles. African Americans settled in many other areas of Los Angeles including Boyle Heights, Watts, Little Tokyo (during World War II), West Adams/West Jefferson, Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills, Venice, and Pacoima. This context will provide a clear framework for the evaluation and designation of historic resources that represent associations with important African American individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, and social and cultural institutions that cover themes such as religion and spirituality, social and civic life, commerce, labor, deed restrictions and segregation, civil rights, architecture, and the entertainment industry, including film, music, and radio.
SurveyLA Requests Your Participation
The OHR invites members of the public to participate in the community meeting that will provide an overview presentation of the project and an opportunity to share information regarding significant places, people, dates, and events associated with Los Angeles' African American history.
To RSVP for the meeting and obtain more details, click on the meeting title to be directed to the registration page.
If you have questions, have information to contribute, and/or would like to be added to the contact list for either of these projects, please contact Sara Delgadillo Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 978-1189.