The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a great treasure of history. Having grown up on the Los Angeles freeways during the 60’s it is easy to think that one knows his way around. Well Los Angeles is a big place and new beauty is being created regularly. This mural is an incredible collaboration of hundreds of artists that portrays an ethnic view of history bringing into sharp focus many signifigant historical events. I will speculate that many of these events are unknown to the current generation. Anyone who knows the history of all of these events is certainly a scholar of Los Angeles history. Here are a few frames from the Great Wall of Los Angeles with a few historical tidbits. Click any of the images for a larger version.
Dunbar Hotel – 1930s – This Hotel was the center of African American culture in Los Angeles. All the Jazz and big band names of the era performed here. This included Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Lena Horne and many more. When this hotel opened it hosted the first national convention of the national Association Continue reading