Wednesday, May 18, 2011

West Adams Golden Legacies: Golden State Mutual Life and Landmarks of African American History
Saturday, June 4, 2011, Noon to 4 p.m.
$20 advance; $30 on site
Tickets available at West Adams Heritage Association website

West Adams Heritage Association presents a special tour celebrating a century of accomplishments of African Americans who have contributed to Historic West Adams’ civic and cultural legacy.

Visit the iconic Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building, designed by architect Paul Williams in 1947 for the first African American-owned insurance company established west of the Mississippi. The Late Moderne building with its notable integrated murals by artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff is on the road to becoming Los Angeles’s newest Historic Cultural Monument. The murals, depicting scenes of African Americans’ contributions to California history, are endangered, threatened with removal.

West Adams’ Golden Legacies is a tribute to milestones and pioneers who have helped to define the community’s character. Visitors will be able to tour the interiors of several other historical properties, and explore the neighborhoods of West Adams with dozens of Black history landmarks.

Tickets are $20 in advance (deadline: May 27) and $30 at check-in.

Prepaid tickets will be held at check-in:
Golden State Mutual
West Adams Blvd. at Western Ave.
Ticket sales close at 3 p.m., and tour properties will close promptly at 4 p.m.

For tickets, visit