Compton: tales of the city
The City of Compton continues to emerge from its cocoon into the beautiful Mecca: living, loving and giving to all who participate in its splendor.
By Brian W. Carter
Sentinel Staff Writer
Known as the Hub City, Compton, is repeating history as the “it” place to be. From the early 1700’s to the 1880’s, the city has drawn people from all over. Eventually it was established in 1889 by settlers led by Griffith D. Compton.
Compton would go on to attract large numbers of African-American, Caucasian, Latino, Asian and Native American populations. The city has nearly 100,000 residents and is a melting pot of many different cultures.
The city offers affordable housing with 100 new homes going up in the late 2000’s, construction of a 136 condominium. Compton continues to draw the interest of developers’ interested tapping into the city’s diverse nature. New businesses continue to go up within city such as Rite Aid, Starbucks, 24-hour Fitness, Chili’s and other many other establishments.
Compton is also one of the most accessible cities with five freeways granting entrance. Commuters find Compton to be a great area that allows them the ability to get to multiple locations through multiple highways. The city also offers the latest form of transportation in the Metrolink and the building of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Transit Center.
Visitors would find many landmarks that would offer them the rich history the city holds. The Heritage House is the oldest house in Compton built in 1869 and restored in honor of the early settlers.
Angeles Abbey cemetery is one of the oldest in Los Angeles County. It displays the architectural influences of Moorish, Byzantine and Spanish influence. It was built in 1923 and survived the Long Beach earthquake of 1933.
Newcomers to Compton should also visit one of the city’s most historically important landmarks, the Civic Center Monument. The Civic Center is located on Compton Blvd between Acacia Ave and Willowbrook Ave.
The monument is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and surrounded by the Civic Center, Compton Courthouse, Compton City Hall and Compton Public Library.
Compton offers and educational system that any child or parent could be proud of. The Compton Unified School District (CUSD) provides education from K-12, 24 elementary schools, eight middle schools, three high schools, one adult school and five alternative learning schools.
The well-known El Camino Compton Education Center offers community college courses and the chance to transfer to a four-year college. El Camino also offers and helps students seek further education and trade specific fields.
The Compton Library offers all the amenities to fit the educational and recreational needs of the public today. The 11th branch of the L.A. County Public Library system it opened in July of 1913.
The library was originally located in a storefront building near Tamarind and Main streets and was later moved to Compton Union High School at 212 S. Acacia St. A separate building was built in 1925 in the City Hall Park at 123 W. Almond St where it stood until 1974. The current facility was later dedicated at 240 W. Compton Blvd.
It offers a Literacy and Homework Center, public computers with internet access, bilingual materials in English and Spanish and public typewriters. The library also continues in the tradition of library in offering story time on Saturdays at noon.
On Saturday, April 17, from 8:00-11:00am, Mayor Eric Perrodin will invite the city to attend his Quarterly Pastor’s Breakfast at the Crystal Park Casino and Hotel at 123 E. Artesia Blvd in Compton. He will welcome speaker Pastor Marvis L. Davis of New Bethel Baptist Church in Venice.
On its way to the top, Compton is becoming the city to put Los Angeles County on the map. It’s had a past of attracting attention and welcoming change that has made it what it’s become today. We can only watch as it continues to change into a beacon of life, longevity and inspiration.
For information of the Quarterly Pastor’s Breakfast, please contact Jaquel Porter, Secretary to the Mayor at (310) 605-5597. You must RSVP by Tuesday, April 13.