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Lost LA

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.
 

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Men and women toasting farewell to the 18th Amendment during Prohibition | Los Angeles Examiner Photographs Collection,University of Southern California Libraries
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26:40
Lost LA

Bootlegger Tunnels - A Journey Through LA’s Prohibition Lore

Prohibition may have outlawed liquor, but that didn’t mean the booze stopped flowing. Explore the myths of subterranean Los Angeles, crawl through prohibition-era tunnels, and visit some of the city’s oldest speakeasies.
Season 4 Episode 3
A Monument in the Cemetery at Manzanar Relocation Center | Ansel Adams, Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
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26:40
Lost LA

Three Views of Manzanar - Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

During World War II, three renowned photographers captured scenes from the Japanese incarceration: outsiders Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams and incarceree Tōyō Miyatake who boldly smuggled in a camera lens to document life from within the camp.
Season 4 Episode 2
Young men walking with a view of Griffith Observatory | Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California Library
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26:48
Lost LA

Griffith Park - The Untold History

Griffith Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Its founder, Griffith J. Griffith, donated the land to the city as a public recreation ground for all the people — an ideal that has been challenged over the years.
Season 4 Episode 1