Descendants of black family who owned thriving resort on Los Angeles’ Manhattan Beach will have the land now worth at least $72 million returned to them after they were forced out by ‘racist policies’ nearly 100 years ago

Los Angeles County on Friday announced that they were returning prime beachfront land to the descendants of a black couple who bought it in 1912, and were forced out just over a decade later. The KKK were trying to drive the few black families that had arrived in Manhattan Beach from the land, but Willa and Charles Bruce (pictured bottom right) were determined to keep hold of the beachfront resort they built. The site was one of the few places where African Americans could freely enjoy the coast. The city decided to force them out through eminent domain, and the Bruces fought in court, but lost, ultimately moving away. Now, thanks to lobbying from their descendants and from local historians, the city has agreed to hand the plot back – land which is estimated by some to be worth around $70 million. The descendants have not yet said whether they will sell the land, live there, or lease it back to the city, which currently has a lifeguard center on the plot. Descendant Duane Yellow Feather Shepard is pictured bottom left.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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