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Historical Images on Display in L.A.


On February 11, 1967, more than 200 people gathered outside the Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake, Calif., to protest a New Year's Eve police raid in which 16 of the bar's patrons were arrested. Authorities had raided the club because they witnessed two men kissing.

The Black Cat protest, which predated the Stonewall uprising by two years, left behind few known artifacts. But Michael Palmer and Loni Shibuyama of the One National Gay & Lesbian Archives uncovered photographs of the event in a box of materials in their Los Angeles archives.

Duplicates of these photos will be displayed at the fourth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at USC's Davidson Conference Center on October 17. The event, which showcases Southern California history through local archives, will provide attendees a chance to glimpse these important artifacts from Los Angeles's LGBT history.

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