Crenshaw Celebrates ‘Black Los Angeles’ With Outdoor Museum Along Metro Line

By Sharelle Burt

Black Los Angeles is finally getting some much well-deserved recognition with a new museum that viewers won’t have to pay a fee to see.

The idea came about after the decision was made to put the Crenshaw/LAX line of the city’s Metro at ground level instead of underground. Having the train running at the street level in the busy district is a good idea since community members were worried about construction hindering business along the corridor. The decision also had residents feeling like the city was receiving ‘the bare minimum’ again, a major issue in black communities across the United States. The Metro was even sued over the project.

“This is unheard of in the city,” Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson said. “But we’re doing what our community has always done: We’re turning insult into opportunity.”

Destination Crenshaw is designed to so that train riders at the Hyde Park station will have an eye-level view of all the unique artwork and upgrades. The landscape, designed by Studio-MLA, will have a new public amphitheater with a raised overlook, 11 new parks and parklets and hundreds of new trees. With construction starting in 2019, Destination will pay homage to the Wall of Crenshaw, an 800-foot-long mural featuring prominent black thinkers, activists, and performers. The wall was vandalized in late November.

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