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This beautiful book is a study of the cemetery with art, history, an illustrated map, poetry by local voices and photographs.
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Evergreen in the City of Angels: A History of A Los Angeles Cemetery

“Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.”  - James Baldwin

In 2012, we published the first version of this book as the culmination the Studio for Southern California History's annual tradition of holding a walking tour at Evergreen Cemetery. Since then we have gathered even more information and talents to share in a gorgeous book. Support our Kickstarter campaign and help us publish this book in time for the October 25 LA Archives Bazaar at the University of Southern California.

Established in 1877, Evergreen Cemetery is Los Angeles' oldest nondenominational cemetery and includes the Los Angeles County Crematorium. There are over 300,000 souls here and it is a working cemetery.

Evergreen Cemetery is a metaphor for Los Angeles history-- those who remember its history, care about it. However, everyone should care about our history beyond our personal experiences so that we can envision a larger sense of community.

Evergreen in the City of Angels shares the cemetery's history and profiles over fifty individuals and memorials including

the Chinese Shrine established in 1888
the Pacific Coast Showmen's Association
the Garden of the Pines
Monuments to the GAR and the 442nd Infantry
activists
artists
former slaves
mayors
musicians
poets
politicians
revolutionaries
& many, many more!

Contributors to the book include

Nancy I. Bautista

Valerie Bueno

Maria Dunton, DO

Bob Drwila

Gabrielle Garcia

Steve Goldstein

Jason Hong

Bridget Kane Kelly

Marie Masumoto

Deanna Matsumoto

Martha Nakagawa 

Michael Okamura

Sharon Sekhon

with photographs by Martin Cox

Poetry by
Max Benavidez
Gabrielle Garcia
Theresia Rosa Kleeman
Irvin Lai
Toshiyuki Okamura
Sharon Sekhon
Mike Sonksen

With special sections on

suicide

veterans 

the Chinese Shrine and Memorial

and much more.

Risks and challenges

This book is 99 percent completed. We are seeking funds to publish copies to sell at the LA Archives Bazaar on October 25 and to pay our poets a small honoraria for the use of their poem.

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    Our sincere gratitude through a shout out of thanks on the project's website and in the book, a copy of the book, and two spots on our annual tour of Evergreen on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:00 am!

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    Our sincere gratitude through a shout out of thanks on the project's website and in the book, a copy of the book, a copy of our 2013 book Los Angeles Water Works (also a Kickstarter project) and two spots on our annual tour of Evergreen on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:00 am!

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