Walking Tours

Walking Tours

"Evergreen Cemetery"

Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Location: 204 Evergreen Avenue, Los Angeles 90033
Meeting Place: At the front agates off of Evergreen Avenue. Park around the cemetery.
Cost: FREE but reservations are required by calling 213-229-8890

Led by Resident Storyteller Joe Walker, this tour explores one of Los Angeles' oldest cemeteries. Built in 1877, Evergreen existing cemetery in the city of Los Angeles; it is one of the city's largest cemeteries, with 300,000 grave sites. City pioneers like the Workmans, Hollenbecks, and Van Nuys families are buried here as well as lesser known but equally fascinating Los Angelenos. The cemetery also has a special section called the Garden of the Pines, which memorializes Issei pioneers of Los Angeles. 19th century midwife Biddy Mason, a slave who earned her freedom through the California courts, is also buried here.

Walker himself has uncovered important residents in Evergreen, including the first Los Angeles African American firefighter killed in the line of duty, Sam Haskins. He was killed in 1895. It was through Walker's efforts that Los Angeles history books were re-written; previously it was thought the first African American firefighter killed in the line of duty had died in the 1960s.

Joe Walker is a Crime Analyst with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has been with the department since 1986. In that capacity, he has worked numerous patrol stations and special unit assignments, including Robbery and Homicide. In 1995-1996, he assisted best selling author James Ellroy, (L.A. Confidential, Black Dahlia). His most recent work was as a contributing writer to the five volume series, Famous American Crimes and Trials published in December, 2004 by Greenwood Publishers. Walker wrote about the 1942 "Sleepy Lagoon" murders in Los Angeles and the subsequent "Zoot Suit." Most recently, he is assisting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the 1957 case of Tommy Bowman.

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