$75 Million Beach Property Returned to Rightful Black Family 100 Years Later

April 16, 2021

Manhattan Beach in California is famous for its sun-kissed beaches. But it’s marred by an ugly history: a huge chunk of beachfront property was taken from a Black family. Charles and Willa Bruce bought the land and built a resort for Black people in 1912. In 1927, the city of Manhattan Beach took possession of the land and eventually built a lifeguard station. The prime beachfront property is now worth an estimated $75 million. Now, the city and county appear to be considering giving it back.

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