On Saturday the Compton 125 Project Committee and the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum sponsored a tour and presentation of Compton. In spite of a heavy rain….a good crowd attended the presentation of author, Robert Lee Johnson who wrote the book “Images of America, Compton.” It’s amazing how many people know very little about the jewel of a Museum in Compton’s own backyard, and fewer know about the true history of the Compton area. Planned tours in February 2014 will help educate many more about Compton’s history…a little more about that later.
The guided tour narrated by Pam Garrett, took the group through town viewing the new development of the “Community Center” where various groups of the community will enjoy a state-of-the art facility. This writer was fortunate to be on the tour – and passing by places such as Compton High, the Martin Luther Transit Center, and the Alameda Corridor, I was educated about the places I’ve past regularly, but hardly appreciate the depth and history of such places.
The presentation by author, Robert Lee Johnson however was one of the highlights of the day. He spoke of how Compton was started with the purchase of a Dominguez Spanish Land Grant, and how it grew from a small farm town, into a suburban municipality. Johnson used a power point presentation to share pictures from his book of early Compton (1800’s) and photos of the 1960’s. Have you ever wondered why Compton has such rich soil? Well, the Los Angeles River runs through Compton and provides the land with fertile soil.
Another great thing about attending the presentation is that members of the audience who also lived and grew up in Compton were able to share their life experiences, and add value to what Mr. Johnson was sharing, who persistently reminded us to talk to one another after the presentation to share, share, share, our history of Compton. That’s what keeps the history alive he says.
Future and different tours/presentations will take place on February 8th and 22nd. Please visit compton125project on facebook for more information. Special thanks to the City of Compton for providing the bus for the tour, Ms. Sharron Johnson from the Compton Library, Ms. Alison Brueshoff of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Power Pro Plumbing for providing us with bottled water, our bus driver Samuel, tour narrator Pam Garrett, and the Compton 125 Project Committee.