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Opening of People's Park—Fifty Years

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2 to 4 pm

At 2:00 there will be a short annual membership meeting with recognition of volunteers and election of board members for the coming year. Immediately following, Steven Finacom, curator of the new exhibit, will give a talk about People's Park. 

 

It was in April 1969 that community members cleaned up a plot of University-owned land between Haste Street and Dwight Way east of Telegraph Avenue and tried to turn it into a park. The University, and especially Governor Ronald Reagan, objected; weeks of protests erupted and the National Guard "occupied" the city. 

The struggle around People's Park was one of the most poignant and high-profile events that took place in Berkeley in the 1960s, and things remain in ferment with current University plans to build on the Park. 


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