Chavez Ravine: An Unfinished Story began in 2015 after an introductory meeting between Carol Jacques and Dr. Priscilla Leiva became a partnership. Carol grew up on Paducah Street in Palo Verde before she lost her beloved community at the age of nine. This early encounter with injustice influenced her work as a lifelong activist and warrior for social justice and public servant for the County of Los Angeles. During much of this time, she was unwilling to reopen the wounds of losing her childhood home. Eventually she began to research her community’s history and knew it was critical that the histories of the three communities be documented from the perspective of residents. By the time she met Priscilla, Carol had been looking to partner with someone to preserve the history of Chavez Ravine for years. As an historian of Los Angeles and of sport stadiums, Priscilla had conducted research on the contested landscape that is now Dodger Stadium. At their first meeting, Carol and Priscilla decided to partner and establish Chavez Ravine: An Unfinished Story. Together, they have sought to create a community-academic partnership that centers the needs of the residents before those of institutions. We are in no way affiliated with or funded by the Dodgers and remain grateful to residents for their support and for providing a model of strength and resilience in the face of injustice.
Carol Jacques is a lifelong activist and community organizer and worked for the County of Los Angeles for 33 years. She has served as the president of the El Pueblo Historic Monument Board of Commissioners, a member of the Advisory Board of the East LA Community Corporation, a consultant for historical exhibits and member of neighborhood councils. In 2004 and in 2008, she was honored as the California State Assembly’s Woman of the Year.
Priscilla Leiva, PH.D.
Priscilla Leiva is an Assistant Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from USC and holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She is currently writing a book that examines how stadiums and those that visit them have produced competing meanings that shape ideas about the multiracial city and to whom it belongs.