L.A. Conservancy Tours Pico-Union
March 24, 2009 | 6:00 am
the walls of Angelica Lutheran Church, a rich medley of stories traces
the layers of history and ever-shifting demographics of the Pico-Union
district of Los Angeles.|
Sepia-hued photos show the church's founding congregation of Swedish immigrants, blond and bedecked in flapper fashion of long coats and cloche hats, as they lay the cornerstone for the imposing Gothic Revival building in 1925. Six decades later, Swedish American congregant Evelyn Price offered the first citizenship and English classes to scores of refugees escaping war in El Salvador and Guatemala, and the church housed many of them as part of the city's sanctuary movement, according to the Rev. Carlos Paiva.
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