Halloween’s a big holiday for historical societies, and Long Beach is no exception.
On October 26, 2013 HSLB hosts their annual Cemetery Tour at the Municipal and Sunnyside Cemeteries, 1095 E. Willow.
Here’s who you’ll meet:
Ethel and Charles Haynes. In 1961, Charles became the first African American member of the Long Beach Board of Realtors. Ethel was an elementary school teacher. Together they helped integrate the city.
Brother-sister Thomas and Kathleen Harnett whose parents came here from England in the late 1800’s. Thomas owned a milling company; Kathleen a teacher.
Yaye Kurayama Takeshita was a “picture bride” married to a man she never met in a foreign land. Her two sons were WWII heroes and son Las Takeshita became a respected Japanese American leader in Long Beach.
Elizabeth and Donald Wallace had Poly in their DNA! Generations of Wallaces were Poly grads. When the civil rights movement brought awareness and desire for change–change which threatened Poly. Liz and Don brought black and white parents together.