424 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Exhibition located in El Pueblo's Pico House

424 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

February 4-29, 2016

Opening Reception: February 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Open Tuesdays-Sundays: 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

Free Admission


In February El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (El Pueblo) will open Forgotten Founders: The Hidden African Ancestry of L.A. at the historic Pico House in downtown Los Angeles. During its one-month installation, this collaborative exhibit will trace the role of individuals of African descent in the founding of Los Angeles. While emphasizing the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds of the forty-four pobladores who founded the pueblo on the edge of the Los Angeles River in 1781, the exhibit will also trace the connections between this specific event and the broader history of communities of African descent in Mexico and the American West.


This exhibit is brought to you in part by California State University, Northridge Public History Program. This project takes CSUN Public History students out of the classroom, away from traditional textbooks, and into the rich world of public history. More specifically, students have the unique opportunity to practice “hands-on” history through researching and curating a historical exhibit for a public audience. The exhibit is also presented in conjunction with the National Parks Conservation Association, the Western National Parks Association, and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.


Please visit the website for more information and to plan your visit.


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