New Plaques in Mills Place Alley Unveiled

Today, the City of Pasadena unveiled the new plaques in Mills Place Alley and on Fair Oaks Ave. with updated language describing the hateful incident in 1885 when a racist mob burned down a Chinese-owned laundry in that location. As local historian Matt Hormann wrote when he brought this story to light in a 2015 Pasadena Weekly article, this is a story of "courage and cowardice, of resilience and renewal." It's a recognition 138 years in the making. Thank you to the Human Relations Commission, Old Pasadena Management District, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, City staff, and everyone who helped make this project a reality.