Audio tour

Audio tourWalking Tour of the African American History of Pasadena

Only in English

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  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    Originally conceived by the NAACP Pasadena Branch as a bus tour, this version, as a self-guided walking tour, was co-created by the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition (PasCSC) and the NAACP for “Walktober 2020.”  Walktober is an annual event organized and promoted by PasCSC to get people walking in Pasadena! In February 2021, Day One, another local non-profit organization, received a grant from America Walks to add voice recordings to this tour. We thank Allen Edson, President of the NAACP Pasadena Branch, for lending his voice.  Special thanks to Tony Arratia for his audio editing skills.

    PasCSC and Day One are honored to partner with the NAACP Pasadena Branch to host this self-guided "Walking Tour of the African American History of Pasadena." Without the contributions of the elders of the NAACP Pasadena Branch and FAME Senior Ministry, this tour would not exist. We are also grateful to America Walks for their support.

    This tour consists of 14 locations primarily in North West Pasadena, centering on individuals and events of historical significance to the African American Community, which also provides Pasadena its rich history. We encourage you to look around as you walk and review the notes and photos that accompany the voice recordings for the locations on this tour.

    The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, Day One, and America Walks are all deeply committed to walking. Whether you walk for physical health, mental health, to meet people, to see new things, or simply to get things done, we recognize and celebrate walking as an excellent activity.  

    We also recognize that streets are not safe until we are all safe. Therefore, we must commit to ensuring that all Black lives matter. We call on City Council, the Pasadena Department of Transportation, and all people who walk, to support policies and practices that make our streets places where people of all ages, abilities, and identities can walk safely and comfortably.

    We hope you enjoy the tour.

  3. 1 St Barnabas Episcopal Church
  4. 2 Dr. Edna L. Griffin's Medical Office
  5. 3 Clarence A. Jones Esq
  6. 4 Clarence A. Jones (spec house)
  7. 5 855 Manzanita Avenue
  8. 6 William H. Harrison Company Housing Development Manazanita Ave.
  9. 7 Construction of the 210 Freeway
  10. 8 Construction of the 210 Freeway, Part 2
  11. 9 Brookside Plunge
  12. 10 Jackie Robinson's Statue
  13. 11 Ruby McKnight Williams' Bench
  14. 12 Doctor's Row
  1. Audio tour Summary

    Originally conceived by the NAACP Pasadena Branch as a bus tour, this version, as a self-guided walking tour, was co-created by the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition (PasCSC) and the NAACP for “Walktober 2020.”  Walktober is an annual event organized and promoted by PasCSC to get people walking in Pasadena! In February 2021, Day One, another local non-profit organization, received a grant from America Walks to add voice recordings to this tour. We thank Allen Edson, President of the NAACP Pasadena Branch, for lending his voice.  Special thanks to Tony Arratia for his audio editing skills.

    PasCSC and Day One are honored to partner with the NAACP Pasadena Branch to host this self-guided "Walking Tour of the African American History of Pasadena." Without the contributions of the elders of the NAACP Pasadena Branch and FAME Senior Ministry, this tour would not exist. We are also grateful to America Walks for their support.

    This tour consists of 14 locations primarily in North West Pasadena, centering on individuals and events of historical significance to the African American Community, which also provides Pasadena its rich history. We encourage you to look around as you walk and review the notes and photos that accompany the voice recordings for the locations on this tour.

    The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, Day One, and America Walks are all deeply committed to walking. Whether you walk for physical health, mental health, to meet people, to see new things, or simply to get things done, we recognize and celebrate walking as an excellent activity.  

    We also recognize that streets are not safe until we are all safe. Therefore, we must commit to ensuring that all Black lives matter. We call on City Council, the Pasadena Department of Transportation, and all people who walk, to support policies and practices that make our streets places where people of all ages, abilities, and identities can walk safely and comfortably.

    We hope you enjoy the tour.

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  • JH

    5 out of 5 rating 04-12-2021

    This was very educational, thank you for putting this audio tour together

  • ak

    5 out of 5 rating 10-23-2020

    I would have loved to have seen the community that was wiped out in the Orange Grove area

  • Amayzinglee

    5 out of 5 rating 10-09-2020

    Let’s not forget the history of this city that was not immune to segregation and white supremacy in the not-so-distant past. Mallie’s neighbors fought to have her and the family removed when they first moved here. The fight is not over. Great way to enlighten residents and awaken our consciousness to NOT turn on blind eye to inequality.

  • Kimberly Berry

    5 out of 5 rating 10-08-2020

    Fascinating and wonderful reminder of what we as ordinary people can accomplish when we work together. “black and white together, we shall not be moved!”

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