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LA Underground: 1850 - 1955

Central Avenue | Sugar Hill | Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Uncovered

A journey from 1850-1955 through the eyes of the first inhabitants of LA.  From Governor Pio Pico’s administration to Biddy Mason’s fortune in the financial district - this tour examines the genesis of black wealth from the press and the pulpit. The half day lunch tour winds through the West Adams district, DTLA and Central Avenue’s rich history of music and mayhem which proved to be foundational to today’s pop, rock, R & B.


The Visionary

Once enslaved, her name became synonymous with salvation. Biddy Mason took ten years to save $250 which became close to $7. She spent her fortune rescuing families from famine. Learn about her legacy as a community builder, a brilliant business leader and the founder of the oldest black church in Los Angeles.


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