Celebrating Día de los Muertos in LA: It all began at a Boyle Heights cemetery

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LA’s first public Día de los Muertos celebration happened nearly 50 years ago at Boyle Heights’ Evergreen Cemetery, where walking tours are offered to the public. Photo by Kathryn Barnes/KCRW.

Artists and activists from the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1970s helped dramatically expand appreciation of Día de los Muertos among Mexican Americans living in LA. The first public celebration in the city was held at Self-Help Graphics and Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights.

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