People's Park, Berkeley CA 1969 Unknown family photo
Kathy Pinna

People's Park, Berkeley CA 1969

Men planting at People's Park, Berkeley in 1969. There are other photos on this site of the protests that surrounded People's Park.

People's Park was a piece of land on Telegraph Ave, a few blocks from the University of California. The University owned the land but had never developed it. Sincethere were many street people in Berkeley, especially during the 1960's, the land was a place to grow food and hang out. The University decided to put a parking lot there (probably the Board of Regents, headed by Gov Reagan - later President Reagan) in order to stop the land from being used in that fashion. That's when the protests began.

A parking lot was never built. Today, it's a park.
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