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

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

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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.

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Types:Black-and-white photographs
Subjects:Frears, Pauletta Laws | Frears, Anton | Laws, Henry | Laws, Anna | African Americans--Civil rights--California--Los Angeles | United States. Supreme Court | Discrimination in housing--California--Los Angeles | Race discrimination--California--Los Angeles | Intimidation--California--Los Angeles | Laws family | Los Angeles (Calif.) | Los Angeles County (Calif.)
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Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research | University of Southern California. Digital Archive | Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection (University of Southern California. Digital Archive)
Online Publisher:[Los Angeles, Calif.] : University of Southern California Digital Archive
Original Material:

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles

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Forms part of online collection: Charlotta Bass / California Eagle collection.

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