A Manhattan Beach property that was previously owned by a black couple and known as Bruce’s Beach, will return to the descendants of Charles and Willa Bruce.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of the property move on July 13 and the city is now taking steps to make it happen.
“We cannot achieve racial equity until we confront our past and make it right,” Supervisor Holly Mitchell said. “We at the county are on an important road to set a precedent as we work to put actions behind our commitment to an anti-racist agenda and an anti-racist county.”
From 1912 to 1927, Bruce’s Beach was a popular resort destination for Black Angelenos as the beachfront property often hosted live music, Black celebrity appearances and family parties.
The beach was taken from the Bruce family by eminent domain, with the city saying it planned to build a park on the property.
“The path to justice begins with telling the truth about our history,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said Tuesday.
The L.A. County Treasurer and Tax Collector will conduct a lineage assessment and later use a third-party law firm to continue the transfer process.