Los Angeles county officers could return a beachfront property that was seized from a Black household practically a century in the past.
Manhattan Seashore used eminent area in 1924 to drive Willa and Charles Bruce, the town’s first Black landowners, off the land the place they lived, KABC-TV reported on Friday. The Bruces additionally ran a resort for Black households throughout a time when seashores within the strand had been segregated.
A part of the land was developed right into a metropolis park. It’s now owned by Los Angeles county and homes lifeguard headquarters and a coaching heart.
County supervisor Janice Hahn mentioned she was exploring choices to revive justice for the household, together with giving the land again, paying for what they misplaced or leasing the property from them so the lifeguard constructing can stay on the location.
“I wished the county of Los Angeles to be part of righting this horrible mistaken,” Hahn advised the station.
In the meantime, a Manhattan Seashore metropolis activity drive is recommending that the town council considers issuing an apology and making a commemorative plaque to acknowledge the Bruce household.
Anthony Bruce, one of many household’s final residing direct descendants, now residing in Florida, mentioned the seizure robbed him of his household’s legacy.
“It was a mistaken in opposition to the Bruce household,” he mentioned. “I feel we might be rich Individuals nonetheless residing there in California … Manhattan Seashore in all probability.”