BRIDGET "BIDDY' MASON: Founder of the First African American Methodist Church FAME

BRIDGET Originally posted on blackdoctor.orgWhen we talk about Black History, we hear a lot of names over and over again like Frederick Douglass, Sojurner Truth, Mary McLeod Bethune and others. But the name Bridget “Biddy” Mason, probably doesn’t ring a bell. Born a slave in Mississippi in 1818, Mason achieved…

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WHAT IS AN HPOZ? Historic Preservation Overlay Zone

WHAT IS AN HPOZ? Historic Preservation Overlay ZoneOriginally published in April/May 2015 Issue # 41Many communities in CD10 are now or are in the process of becoming historic districts. With this designation, neighborhoods are able to preserve the distinctive character and beauty of their respective communities, which in turn will preserve the rich cultural and architectural history…

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West Adams. A History

{jcomments off}“Los Angeles’ tremendous growth in all directions has necessitated thorough-going improvements in many localities which a few years ago were considered rural districts. It is in the memory of most Angelenos, when West Adams from Rimpau out to the junction of Adams and Washington, was nothing more nor less…

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Where Is the West Adams Community?

Where Is the West Adams Community?{jcomments off}On April 1, 1984, news came over the airways that Motown singer Marvin Gaye had been shot and killed by his own father at the family home on Gramercy Place. The media couldn’t seem to agree on where the house was located. The Los Angeles Times said it was in “the…

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Marl Young. Lucy's Piano Man

From West Adams Landmarks of African American History. A Publication of West Adams Heritage Association:Desi Arnaz first asked Marl Young (1917 - 2009) to play the piano for the studio audience warm-up band for The Lucy Show. Young was instrumental in the merger of the all-black and all-white musicians unions…

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Nellie Lutcher. Gone But Not Forgotten

Nellie Lutcher. Gone But Not Forgotten Hurry on Down – Hurry on Down to a new exhibit about Nellie Lutcher (1912-2007), ground-breaking singer, songwriter and jazz pianist, renowned for hits like “Fine Brown Frame” and “Hurry on Down.” The exhibition, on view at the William Grant Still Arts Center, is comprised of Lutcher’s personal papers, business…

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Black History Month - All That Jazz

Black History Month - All That JazzCentral Avenue is justly celebrated as the heart and soul of the jazz and R&B scene from the 1920s through the early 1950s. On the “Eastside,” the Lincoln Theater, Club Alabam, the Dunbar Hotel and myriad other spots showcased the best in African American music.Yet even during the Central…

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Lena Horne in Country Club

Lena Horne in Country ClubCourtesy of West Adams Landmarks. African American HistoryLena Horne’s signature song, from a 1943 film of the same name, is Stormy Weather. Some would say she weathered many storms in her life.At age 16 Horne began working at Harlem’s Cotton Club, first as a dancer, then in the chorus…

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Oldest Cemetery in Los Angeles

Oldest Cemetery in Los AngelesRosedale Cemetery (now Angelus Rosedale) was founded in 1884, when Los Angeles was a small town and its location at what is now the corner of Washington Boulevard and Normandie Avenue was in the countryside, outside the city limits. It was the first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all…

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Pico Blvd. 1925

Pico Blvd. 1925 Found by Alvaro Gomez

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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