Betye Saar’s is an African American artist whose work mixes surreal, symbolic imagery with a folk art aesthetic. As a participant in the robust African-American Los Angeles art scene of the 1970s, Saar appropriated characters such as Aunt Jemima, Uncle Tom, and other stereotypes from folk culture and advertising in her works—usually collages and assemblages. She is the mother of sculpture artist Alison Saar.
Plaque commemorating "Los Pobladores," the 44 families of Indian, African, and European descent who founded Los Angeles, in its current location at El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles. The plaque provides historical information, the names of the families, the names if individual family members and their racial background.
Site of the plaque commemorating the bicentennial of the founding of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, seen from beneath a banner reading "Greater Boyle Heights Historical-Bicentennial Committee of Los Angeles, California." The plaque marks the southeast boundary, at 3821 E. Olympic Blvd., in Boyle Heights. Six people can be seen standing in front of the plaque.
Born on the island of St. Croix in the Danish West Indies in 1810, William Leidesdorff was the son of Danish sugar planter Alexander Leidesdorff and Anna Marie Sparks, a light-skinned woman of mixed race ancestry. In 1841 Leidesdorff settled in the Mexican village of Yerba Buena on San Francisco Bay. Over the next three years he became a successful merchant by making frequent trips between California, Mexico and Hawaii. In 1844 governor Micheltorena confirmed his land grant of 35,000 acres on the American River. Ranch Rio de Los Americanos was located near the spot where James Marshall discovered gold in January 1848. When Leidesdorff died unexpectedly in May 1848 he was buried inside Mission Dolores Church. Leidesdorff was a social, economic and political force in pre-gold rush San Francisco. When he was named the U.S. Vice Consul to Mexico in 1845, he became the nation’s first African American diplomat. He was elected to San Francisco’s first city council and its first school board in 1847. He built the first hotel, the first shipping warehouse, he operated the first steamboat on San Francisco Bay, and he laid out the first horse race track in California
Model wearing a plaid dress. The dress has an over-the-knee length, jewel neckline and slit opening, short dolman sleeves, bloused bodice, a wide lower waist sash, and a skirt cut on the bias. The edges of the neckline, slit opening and sleeve hems are bound in leather. The dress is worn over a funnel neck sweater and the model carries a suede jacket.