The beach in California that was returned to a black family almost 100 years later and will now be sold for $20 million

  • Writing
  • BBC News World
June 29, 2022

Updated 4 January 2023

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“This is a day we weren’t sure would come,” said Anthony Bruce, Willa and Charles’ great-great-grandson.

In June, a beach in California that was seized from a black family nearly 100 years ago was returned to their descendants by Los Angeles County authorities. Now, six months later, the family will sell it back to the county for $20 million.

“What was stolen from the family was the beach, but what the property represented was the ability to create, preserve and pass on wealth between generations,” the Bruces’ attorney, George Fatheree, told the outlet on Tuesday. Los Angeles Times.

“And allow the family to now have the certainty of selling the property to the county, taking the proceeds and investing them in their future, that is also reparation”.

Bruce Beach was purchased in 1912 by Willa and Charles Bruce to create a place of recreation for the black community when California was still racially segregated.

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