LA County Returning Bruce’s Beach To Descendants of Original Black Owners Willa and Charles Bruce

It was 1912 when Willa and Charles Bruce purchased land for $1,225. They eventually added some other parcels and created a beach resort catering to Black residents, who had few options at the time for enjoying time along the California coast.

Calling it a long-overdue righting of a wrong committed a century ago, County Supervisor Janice Hahn said Friday the county will return a scenic parcel of Manhattan Beach land to the descendants of a Black couple who operated a beach resort that was derided by residents and ultimately condemned and seized by the city.

But transferring the portion of what is known as Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce requires state legislation to remove restrictions on the land, which now houses the county’s lifeguard training center.

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