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The Laws Family await their trial, circa 1945, Los Angeles

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Creator:Sheffield Studio
Title:The Laws Family await their trial, circa 1945, Los Angeles
Date:1945
Description:

Photograph of the Laws Family, waiting at the door of a court room for their housing discrimination trial. Left to right: Anton Fears, son-in law; Pauletta Fears, daughter and wife of Anton; Anna Laws; Henry Laws. The Laws family fought, and eventually won, a lengthy legal battle to remain in the home they owned at 1235 E. 92nd Street in Los Angeles. In 1942, the family was told that African-Americans were barred from living in the neighborhood and were ordered to move. But the Laws refused to leave and waited as the issue was argued in various courts. Eventually, Pauletta and her parents were sent to jail for disobeying a court order requiring them to vacate their home. But they were able to remain in their home after the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 1948, ruled that racially restrictive covenants were unenforceable. The Laws' case, commonly called the "92nd Street Outrage," was one of the most publicized examples of the evils of restrictive covenants, which barred African-Americans and other minorities from buying or renting homes.

Local identification number: scl-m0194

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0194~1; scl-mss064-0194~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Frears, Pauletta Laws | Frears, Anton | Laws, Henry | Laws, Anna | Laws Family | Racism--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century | Minorities--California--Los Angeles | Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social conditions--20th century | Los Angeles (Calif.)--Race relations | Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--20th century | Discrimination in housing--California--Los Angeles | African Americans--Civil rights--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century | African Americans--California--Los Angeles--Social conditions--20th century | African Americans--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century | United States, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, 34.0522342, -118.2436849
Collection:Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection
Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern California. Library | Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Original Material:

scl-m0000

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, 1880-1986

University of Southern California. Libraries

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