Church service and celebration at Bruce’s Beach mark historic moment – NBC Los Angeles

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A celebration including a religious service will be held Sunday morning at Bruce’s Beach which will mark a special moment for the Bruce family.

The pastor who leads the church service at Bruce’s Beach says it’s a celebration not just for the fact that the Bruce family has reclaimed the land that was theirs, but also that the town has finally done the right thing.

The church service will mark the historic fact that, for the first time in nearly a century, a member of the Bruce family owns the land taken from them.

The religious service will begin at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and games from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

It was in 1924 that the city of Manhattan Beach took land from the family through eminent domain following years of racism and harassment.

Two years ago, a movement began to return the beach to its rightful owner. It took a complicated legislative process to make that happen. It ended with a ceremony last month that marked the official return of the land to the Bruce family.

“At a time when our country is very divided and everyone is fighting and there is a lack of love, we need something that brings us together,” said Dr. Carthel Towns, the pastor who leads religious service.

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