I have been privileged to work with Michael Blum of Sea of Clouds on getting the Bay Street Beach Historic District (Santa Monica, Los Angeles County) nominated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This beach area is recognized as an important seaside recreation and leisure site for African American Angelenos during the Jim Crow era.
California’s State Historical Resources Commission at their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 8 in Palm Springs will review and take action (by voting, we hope) to support this nomination for the state and federal review process. Now is the time for interested parties to register their support for the listing of this Santa Monica site as a significant place in local, state and national history.
I urge you to please write a letter supporting this National Register nomination. Here is a link to a sample letter text and mailing instructions. The letter is due by Tuesday, April 23.
This National Register nomination project aliens with the goals of the California Coastal Commission’s landmark environmental justice policy adopted on Friday, March 8 in Los Angeles. This new policy integrates environmental justice and social and racial equity into the Commission’s work of protection and enjoyment of California’s coast and ocean for the benefit of all Californians regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, or place of residence.
You can find information of the Bay Street Beach Historic District and the California Coastal Commission’s Environmental Justice Policy at these web links:
The listing of the Bay Street Beach Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places is one more contribute to making the history of the African American experience in the region more visible and to providing a little more symbolic equity and social justice for all.
Please let us know if you will be able to help out with this letter and feel free to contact me with any questions.
We thank you for your consideration to support of this effort.
Alison Rose Jefferson