A sign in front of a housing tract reading "This tract is exclusive and
restricted," ca. Sept. 1950, Los Angeles.
The photograph was published in the California Eagle on Sept. 28, 1950,
and contained the following caption: "EXCLUSIVE AND RESTRICTIVE is the
invitation to white veterans from builders of the Sunkist Gardens project in
Southeast Los Angeles. Negro vets who apply are told the development is for
white veterans only. Southeast Negro veterans will enlist the NAACP and
American Legion support against the restrictions." The sign illustrates the
racism that existed in the Los Angeles housing market, where many properties
had restrictive covenants that barred African American and other minorities
from buying or renting homes. The Eagle, under the direction of publisher
Charlotta Bass, campaigned to end racial discrimination in housing.
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