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In a historic moment, a black family is rejoicing as a beachfront plot worth $75 million has been returned to them by Los Angeles officials, nearly a century after it was unjustly seized from their ancestors, Your Content has learned.
Charles and Willa Bruce, who purchased the land in 1912, transformed it into a resort known as ‘Bruce’s Beach,’ providing a haven for black families. However, in a regrettable act of racism, the local government forcibly took the property from the family.
Recognizing this injustice, county officials voted unanimously in June to return the land to the Bruce family.
During a formal ceremony on Wednesday, the Bruce family was presented with the lease, symbolizing the return of the property and honoring their ancestors. The county will lease the land from the family for two years at a cost of $413,000, with an option to purchase it for $20 million. This valuation has faced criticism, as alternative estimates suggest the land’s true worth is closer to $75 million.
The long-term plans for the land remain uncertain, as the Bruce family has not yet disclosed their intentions. This significant restitution marks a step towards rectifying the historical injustices faced by black families and highlights the ongoing efforts to address racial discrimination, according to FLIPBOARD.