Pasadena Heritage Celebrates Black History Month With Events

Published on Feb 3, 2023

Raymond Avenue in 1903 looking north with Hotel Green to the right. [Via Pasadena Heritage]

Pasadena Heritage joins the celebration of Black History Month this February by offering an Old Pasadena Walking Tour that focuses on the city’s Black community and its history. The tour, which takes place on February 4, begins on Dayton Street and includes stops at historic locations such as Friendship Pasadena Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke twice, and the Carver Hotel, which was once a popular jazz club.

The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours and will cover a walking distance of about 1 mile. It will highlight the city’s first Black-owned businesses and the first fire station, as well as Mills Place, the site of the 1885 burning of a Chinese laundry that led to the expulsion of the Chinese population from Pasadena’s first commercial district.

Old Pasadena Walking Tours are sponsored by the Old Pasadena Management District and tickets are priced at $18 for members and $22 for non-members. For the Black history walk, click here.

Pasadena Heritage will also offer a Pasadena Playhouse District Walking Tour on March 4 and a Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern event on March 25 and 26. In addition, the organization is looking forward to the return of the Colorado Street Bridge Party on July 15, 2023.

Pasadena Heritage is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural, architectural, and historical resources of Pasadena and its surrounding areas. The organization works to ensure that the city’s rich history is not forgotten and is available for future generations to enjoy.

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