Sun Village Digital History

Sun Village can be through of as part of an archipelago of independent Black communities developed between the late 1800s and early 1900s around the peripheries of Los Angeles. At that time, Los Angeles was already a hotbed of racial inequality, discrimination, and segregationist practices, with a strong Ku Klux Klan presence, a police force allied with them in persecuting Black families, and a political system oriented towards big business and real estate rather than solving the problems of housing segregation and housing scarcity. In that light, its no wonder that the peripheries of Los Angeles were spaces where Black families could build housing and community in some measure of relative freedom.

In the map below, you can see other places that are similar to Sun Village. Below the map are descriptions of each place. 


The all-Black town established in 1908 by Colonel Allen Allensworth.

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Valle Verde

The Black resort community established in 1928. Known as the “Black Palm Springs.”

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Bruce’s Beach

The beachside resort established by Willa and Charles Bruce in 1920. The Prioleau family also lived there and may have moved to Sun Village in the 1950s. 

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Murray’s Ranch

The Apple Valley rest area and resort, established in 1922 and listed in the Negro Motorists’s Green Book. 

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Indio and the Coachella Valley

John and Miranda Nobles established a ranch in Indio in 1930, a haven for the growing population of Black farmers in the area.

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