Work Underway on SurveyLA African American Context

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 contribute information regarding significant places, people, dates, and events associated with Los Angeles' African American history.

If you have questions, have information to contribute, and/or would like to be added to the contact list for this project, please contact Sara Delgadillo Cruz at or (213) 978-1189.