California votes to return land seized from Black family 100 years ago

California votes to return land seized from Black family 100 years ago


California lawmakers have unanimously voted to return prime beachfront land to the descendants of a black couple who were run out of town 100 years ago after racial harassment by the Ku Klux Klan and white neighbors.

A state Senate bill was passed late Thursday that will give Los Angeles County the authority to transfer the land at Manhattan Beach back to the family of Willa and Charles Bruce.

The bill is now being sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign so the transfer can be completed.

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The Bruces bought the beachfront plot back in 1912 and built the first resort for black people on the West Coast at a time when segregation banned them from the majority of beaches.  

LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn first announced plans to return the land to the Bruce family back in April.Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

It became known as Bruce’s Beach and included a lodge, café, dance

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