Support the Historic Designation of Bay Street Beach (Santa Monica, Calif.)

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Support the Historic Designation of Bay Street Beach (Santa Monica, Calif.)

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Please join us to support listing the Bay Street Beach Historic District (Los Angeles County, CA) in the National Register of Historic Places; a primary seaside recreation and leisure site for African American Angelenos during the Jim Crow era. 

ABOUT BAY STREET BEACH // The nominated 53–acre Bay Street Beach Historic District considers the significance of the area between 1908 and 1965 as a seaside site of recreation, struggle, leisure, and contestation. Sometimes derogatorily referred to as “the Inkwell" - noting the skin color of its patrons – the Bay Street beach area was proximate to an important African American civic institution and historical local neighborhood. It emerged in practice as a primary seaside public resource where its visitors, including prominent African Americans from Santa Monica and the wider Los Angeles area, felt comparatively safe from harassment. The district is both a rare example of an African American seaside recreation and leisure site as well as a community cultural focusing point.

ABOUT THE NOMINATION // The Bay Street Beach Historic District -- comprising a a grass open space, a beach area, a nearshore (i.e., below mean high tide) area, and a pergola as contributing historic resources -- is entirely contained on public trust lands. In addition to protections secured through a National Register listing, the Bay Street Beach Historic District will maintain existing visitor access, public amenities and safety services, nearby private property rights, public property ownership, and the area's current uses.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL REGISTER // The National Register of Historic Places was created through the National Historic Preservation Act more than fifty years ago and is the nation’s official list of properties worthy of preservation. More than 93,000 properties are listed in the National Register and represent 1.4 million individual resources. As only an estimated eight percent of listings represent women and communities of color, this project will contribute to the National Register better reflecting the breadth of the American story. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service, United States Department of Interior.

YOUR SUPPORT // State and national recognition of these exceptional coastal places areas is important to understanding the broad patterns of our history and promotes a deeper, broader, and more inclusive interpretation of our coastal environment.

Please use the COMMENTS section to express your support and share your personal and family stories of Bay Street Beach. Your signature counts! Thank you!

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