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Los Angeles County votes to return beach property taken from Black owners in Jim Crow era [cnn.com]

 

By Meron Moges-Gerbi and Cheri Mossburg, Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images, CNN US, June 29, 2022

A stretch of prime Southern California beachfront real estate was returned to the descendants of its Black owners Tuesday, nearly a century after the parcel was taken by the city of Manhattan Beach.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give the land back to the family of the owners, Charles and Willa Bruce.

Known as Bruce's Beach, the resort had offered Black families a place to enjoy the California life and was a labor of love for the couple. They purchased the land in 1912 for $1,225 and built several facilities, including a cafe and changing rooms.

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