Venice’s Inclusive African American Roots
The vision of Abbot Kinney was inclusive, collaborating with the African American community in the creation of Venice of America. We talk with heirs of two prominent players in the Venice identity. Sonya Reese Greenland is the granddaughter of Arthur L. Reese, who contributed to many lasting decisions of the seaside town. We also talk to Jataun Valentine, great-grandniece of Irvin Tabor, Kinney's personal chauffeur, about family life and how the African American community thrived in early Venice.