#TBT South LA: Vernon Library, 1950

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The Vernon Library, courtesy USC Libraries.

“Open to all” reads a grand inscription above the doorway to the Vernon Public Library in South L.A., circa 1950. Two women stand in front, dwarfed by tall Greek columns.

The library’s grandeur has since faded. But the building still stands in its original location, possibly dating back to 1920 when Central Avenue was the city’s hot corridor for jazz music.


The front facade of the Vernon Library in a photo from sometime between 1920 and 1950.


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