This new display spotlights Central Avenue, an important north-south thoroughfare in Los Angeles, as it evolved from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Segregation played a part in the Avenue becoming a major cultural hub for the African American community, with the Dunbar Hotel serving an essential role in jazz history from the 1920s through the 1950s. This heritage is recognized by the Central Avenue Jazz Festival held annually in front of the now renovated Hotel. Both the Dunbar Hotel, and the Lincoln Theater, also referred to as the “West Coast Apollo,” are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Display on view in the Ethnic and Gender Studies Library on the second floor of the Davidson Library from October 11 through December 13, 2013.