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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The 29th Annual Living History Tour Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

The 29th Annual Living History Tour Angelus Rosedale CemeterySunday, September 22 - Tours depart from 9 a.m. until Noon They were champions and enthusiasts…pioneers of sports in Southern California and trailblazers who helped break color lines. Now their stories will come alive, as actors at graveside in the historic Angelus Rosedale Cemetery give first-person portrayals of some of the…

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Our Rich Streetcar History

Our Rich Streetcar HistoryFew folks living in our neighborhood know that at one time many years ago, local streetcars of the Los Angeles Railway and the Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric, served all of Los Angeles with fast, dependable rail service. Here, on the Westside, local streetcars operated on Jefferson Blvd.,…

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2018 WAHA Annual Cemetery Tour

2018 WAHA Annual Cemetery Tour They came to America, and Los Angeles, to follow their dreams…for opportunities and, often, to escape persecution. And now om Sunday Sept. 23 their stories will come alive in this hugely popular West Adams Heritage annual history tour at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery.    The tour will explore the lives of the…

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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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WAHA's Famous Annual Cemetery Tour

WAHA's Famous Annual Cemetery TourTHE ARTIST’S WAY: Poets and Painters, Songsmiths and Singers The 27th Annual Living History Tour at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery Presented by the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA)for tickets and times see end of article.  They made music…and art, poetry, photography and dance. And now their stories will come alive…

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Marl Young. Lucy's Piano Man

Marl Young.  Lucy's Piano ManFrom 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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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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