Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice

Address: 
115 Paseo De La Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
Contact: 
Jennifer Gutierrez
Phone: 
323-459-5363

Archives and Collections

Description of Collection: 

The Museum of Social Justice is located in La Plaza United Methodist Church, on the site of the oldest section of Los Angeles. The Museum’s historical collection consists of documents, photographs, artifacts, and other materials created by La Plaza Methodist Church at the beginning of the twentieth century. The collection features over 2000 photographs that capture the work of the founders of the church, its community center, medical clinic, and the predominantly poor Mexican immigrant population the church was founded to serve. The documents provide a look into the poor living conditions that existed near the Plaza and how La Plaza Methodist Church's social justice practices improved the lives of many of the immigrants living on and near the Plaza. Among other items, the photos feature the first integrated drinking fountain in Los Angeles and the founding of Goddwill Industries of Southern California.  

Regions covered: 
Olvera Street, La Plaza, Old Chinatown, and Sierra Madre
Languages: 

Management

Repository: 
No
Loans to Outside?: 
No
Exhibited?: 
Yes