Epiphany L.A. Boyle Hts Beat

The Church of the Epiphany, Los Angeles, the oldest Episcopal church in the city, has been a center of ministry for immigrants for generations, from Italians and Yugoslavs in the early days to Chicanos starting in the 1960s. Migrant farm labor leaders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta led community meetings, rallies and protests there; the militant newspaper La Raza was published in the basement while parishioner and activist Rosario Muñoz painted picket signs reading “Chicano Power” and Epiphany’s Folklorico dancers practiced their routines. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy made Epiphany his Los Angeles headquarters; the church became a historic landmark in 2005. In 2018 the parish entered a national competition for historic preservation funds; it remains a working-class parish, and it hopes to rehab the basement to house its legal and medical clinics. (Boyle Heights Beat)

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