On October 24, 1871, seventeen Chinese men including a 15-year-old boy were killed by a mob in Los Angeles. Known as the Chinese Massacre of 1871, it was the culmination of growing anti-Chinese sentiment leading to racially motivated violence. As we come together to commemorate the lives of those lost on that day, we are reminded of how inextricably connected our histories are—that the target for hate crimes can happen to any marginalized communities and that we must remain vigilant and stand in solidarity with one another so that unjust crimes never happen again.
In partnership with The Chinese American Museum, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Scripps College, TRHT-LA is proud to present a vigil concert commemorating the lives lost on that day. This multimedia program will feature a pre-performance talk, a musical performance, a reading of the names of those who passed, a candlelit vigil and a wreath-laying procession to the commemorative plaque. Join us after the program for a reception in the museum and a reflection activity in the courtyard. Visitors are invited to write their thoughts on a card and attach it to a tree, which will remain for 20 days as a memorial for all the lives lost in the historical tragedy and as a space for reflection on contemporary issues of race and violence.