Women visit on the porch of a home in the Mexican American community of Chavez Ravine, located near present day Elysian Park and Dodger Stadium. Photographed are Mercedes Avias, Rebecca Palacios, Eliza Baker, and the child Richie Baker
Chavez Ravine residents were forced to relocate in the 1940s when the City voted to accept federal funding for new housing developments in the area. When these apartment projects failed several years later, the remaining residents of Chavez Ravine were removed by a controversial order of eminent domain to build Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron, in the presence of the Reverend Baxter Duke, Evangeline Woodfolk, and Vassie D. Wright, proclaims the first official celebration of Negro History Week (precursor to African American History Month) in Los Angeles.
Chavez Ravine residents were forcibly removed from their homes and properties in 1950 to make way for Dodger Stadium, in a controversial eminent domain decision enforced by local and state authorities.