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Black Strathcona: Leonard Lane

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Published on Feb 13, 2014

From the early 1900s to the 1960s, the Eastside neighbourhood of Strathcona was home to Vancouver's first and only black community. BlackStrathcona is comprised of ten video stories that celebrate some of the remarkable people and places that made this community vibrant and unique. Stories like Jimi & Nora, feature musician Jimi Hendrix who as a boy in the 1940's lived in Strathcona with his grandmother, and Vie's Chicken & Steaks, featuring Vie Moore who ran a soulfood haven on Union Street frequented by both locals and big name celebrities like Billie Holiday and Sammie Davis Jr.
Visitors can experience BlackStrathcona in two ways: they can access the videos via the website, www.blackstrathcona.com, or, they can experience it interactively by taking a self-guided tour through the neighbourhood. The website displays the story locations, and the videos can be downloaded from street signs to a mobile device and viewed where the stories took place.

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