National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection

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Street view of marquee and building, Lincoln Theatre, July 1949.
Street view of marquee and building, Lincoln Theatre, July 1949.
One of the many fanciful movie houses found throughout Los Angeles, the Moorish-style Lincoln Theatre at 2300 South Central Avenue was designed by architect John Paxton Perrine and opened in 1927. The Lincoln was a popular center of black entertainment including live events and motion pictures for several decades
The closing ceremony of the conference
The closing ceremony of the conference
Held in the outdoor Hollywood Bowl and included a musical program by the Los Angeles County Band and local church choirs
View of the beach, roller coaster and downtown Long Beach, CA, July 1949.
View of the beach, roller coaster and downtown Long Beach, CA, July 1949.
Delegates enjoyed sightseeing opportunities including the beachside amusement park called The Pike featuring a large wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone Racer
Attendees seated inside an unidentified church.
Attendees seated inside an unidentified church.
Los Angeles area churches served as many of the venues for conference meetings, services and events during the five-day convention
African American family posed on stairs in front of house.
African American family posed on stairs in front of house.
In between conference sessions, attendees took time to explore the city of Los Angeles; these vintage snapshots convey the architecture and feel of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods during the late 1940s
Man climbing exterior staircase, woman looking down from top of stairs.
Man climbing exterior staircase, woman looking down from top of stairs.
In between conference sessions, attendees took time to explore the city of Los Angeles; these vintage snapshots convey the architecture and feel of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods during the late 1940s
African American couple posed in front of the Cyclone Racer, Long Beach, CA, July                1949.
African American couple posed in front of the Cyclone Racer, Long Beach, CA, July 1949.
Downtown Long Beach provided delegates with sightseeing opportunities including the beachside amusement park called The Pike featuring a large wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone Racer
Attendees at banquet tables with a banner of the Citizen's Civic Club in                background
Attendees at banquet tables with a banner of the Citizen's Civic Club in background
Unidentified church basement used as a venue during the 40th annual NAACP conference, which drew some 500 delegates from all over the country, representing more than 40 states
African American man in driveway, leaning against car.
African American man in driveway, leaning against car.
Little is known about this unidentified delegate. He is featured in other snapshots and included in a few of the group photographs
People walking up to church entrance.
People walking up to church entrance.
Opening session for the 40th NAACP Convention took place at the Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Ave., in South Central Los Angeles. Norman F. Marsh designed the building along with black architect Paul R. Williams. The church has figured prominently in the African-American civil rights movement
Two African American women on balcony of house.
Two African American women on balcony of house.
In between conference sessions, attendees took time to explore the city of Los Angeles; these vintage snapshots convey the architecture and feel of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods during the late 1940s
Group on front porch of building.
Group on front porch of building.
In between conference sessions, attendees took time to explore the city of Los Angeles; these vintage snapshots convey the architecture and feel of life in Los Angeles neighborhoods during the late 1940s

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