Los Angeles United Methodist Museum of Social Justice

Contact Information

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Address
115 Paseo De La Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours
Thursday-Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm
Contact
Jennifer Gutierrez
Executive Director
info@museumofsocialjustice.org
Alternate Contact
Keith Rice
Website

34.056845, -118.23833

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
No
Onsite technology available
No
Repository
No
Access procedures

Advance appointment

Management

Archive / Collection information

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.