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A Calif. Beach Was Seized From Black Owners In 1924. Now The Family Will Get It Back by Joe Hernandez

LA County may return beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago

To right a historical injustice, Los Angeles County may return beachfront property, seized from a Black family nearly a century ago to descendants. In 1924, Manhattan Beach used eminent domain to remove Black landowners and shut down their resort that was attracting Black families to the area. Carter Evans has the details. Each weekday morning, “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason, and Tony Dokoupil deliver two hours of original reporting, breaking news, and top-level newsmaker interviews in an engaging and informative format that challenges the norm in network morning news programs.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill allowing a plot of beachfront land along the Southern California coast to be returned to the descendants of a married Black couple who lost it to eminent domain nearly a century ago.

Bruce’s Beach, a once-thriving resort for Black families owned by Willa and Charles Bruce, was seized by the town of Manhattan Beach in 1924 with the stated goal of building a park.

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A Beachfront Property Taken From A Black Family A Century Ago May Soon Be Returned

But historical records compiled in a recent report on the incident, which included a raft of complaints from white neighbors at the time, show the land was condemned because its proprietors and patrons were Black.

An effort is nearly complete to return the land, which is now owned by Los Angeles County, to the Bruce family’s descendants and make amends for its seizure during the Jim Crow era.

Newsom signed the bill before a crowd Thursday at Bruce’s Beach, local media reported.

“I want to apologize to the Bruce family for the injustice that was done to them,” Newsom said at the bill signing, according to NBC Los Angeles. “We haven’t always had a proud past.” To read more go to the link below:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/30/1041837156/bruces-beach-manhattan-newsom-los-angeles

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