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Bruce's Beach, Manhattan Beach

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Bruce's Beach was a beach resort in the city of Manhattan Beach (in Los Angeles County, California), that was owned by and operated for African Americans. It provided the African American community with opportunities unavailable at other beach areas because of racial segregation.

Located at 26th Street and Highland Avenue, the property was acquired by the city via eminent domain proceedings in the 1920s and closed down. Some of the area was eventually turned into a city park in the 1960s and renamed Bruce's Beach in 2007.

On September 30th, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill SB796 into law, allowing the descendants of Charles and Willa Bruce to have their land returned to them from Los Angeles County.
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  • Kudos to Manhattan Beach for not ignoring a dark part of their past. We love to sit hear and read, watching the surf and the activity that it brings. 
    Kudos to Manhattan Beach for not ignoring a dark part of their past. We love to sit hear and read, watching the surf and the activity that it brings.  more »
  • well a great time the weather good and it was a pleasure to take the time to visit well worth to go we had a great time 
    well a great time the weather good and it was a pleasure to take the time to visit well worth to go we had a great time  more »
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  • It feels like justice delayed. Which is the equivalent of justice denied. Nice how they're giving it back now that climate change is raising sea levels and the family will probably find it impossible to get financing or insurance to develop it. If that's even a good idea at this point. This property could have been returned to the family at any time over the last several decades, but it still had top dollar value then. So for politicians to claim credit for returning it only after it's value is sure to be declining is ridiculous.
  • Despite the dark history! It is truly the most beautiful and peaceful part of Manhattan Beach. Glad the Bruce Family descendants got their land back, and the city of Manhattan Beach showed such great character in honoring The Bruce Family with the beautiful monument. Happy Black History Month 🙏🏾

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