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Memories of Legion Stadium Shared

Lucia Flores

On Friday, January 31, the South El Monte Arts Posse continued their archival project, “East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in El Monte and South El Monte,” with “Memories of Legion Stadium: A Public Platica,” at the Rio Hondo College El Monte Educational Center.
The event was open to the public and featured the release of an interview with Art Laboe.  A public discussion allowed attendees to share their thoughts and memories of Legion Stadium, which was a fixture in pop culture as one of the premiere venues for rock and roll acts in the 1950s and 60s.
In continuing with their archival project, the South El Monte Arts Posse collected oral histories from residents who reminisced about the good ole days when they attended dances, pro-wrestling events, and the roller derby.
Others shared stories about the great acts that performed at the venue, such as Brenton Wood, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Otis, and Richie Valens to name a few.
The next event for the South El Monte Arts Posse will be “Re-imagining a New Archive in the City,” taking place on February 8, 2014, at Grace T. Black Auditorium, from 4pm-7pm. The address for the event is 3130 Tyler Ave., El Monte, CA 91731.
For more information about the South El Monte Arts Posse and their upcoming projects, visit or

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