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1.2.3 Mexican American children gathered outside Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Photograph showing children gathered outside Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 3772 E 3rd St., Los Angeles. During this period several religious processions that started at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and ended at Our Lady of Lourdes were reported in the Los Angeles Times.
1946
Photograph

Mexican American children gathered outside Our Lady of Lourdes, Los Angeles, Calif., 1946, Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive (Collection 1429). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA (CC BY 4.0).

Look closely at all the details in this photograph. Who are the people in the picture? What do you think is happening? What kind of building is shown in this picture? Are there similar buildings such as these in your community?
Pictured here in 1946 is Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Los Angeles and the people who worship there. It is still open for services. Judging by the streamers present, this photograph may be capturing a special occasion or religious holiday. Students may or may not be familiar with religion or places of worship, which have many different architectural styles and names (temple, church, synagogue, mosque). What is important to note is that these buildings hold special meaning for the people who practice a faith and are often distinct in their style and design. Throughout California, houses of worship are sometimes the most significant site of and for a community.

Photograph of people congregated outside of a church.