Historic Westside Legacy Park marker reads:
Among the early pioneers who contributed to early Las Vegas in 1905, several Black People began to make their way to the new town. These Black people began to grow the "colored colony" at the site called Block 17, where The Mob Museum is currently located.
Most Black people came to Las Vegas in search of work, particularly on the new Railroad. Others owned and operated successful businesses such as small food venues, bars, boarding houses, a shoe shine stand, and a barbershop.
As Las Vegas and the downtown area east of the railroad continued to grow and as more individuals came from various parts of the country, in many cases carrying racial attitudes with them. Black residents found themselves increasingly segregated against and were forced west "across the tracks" to an area known as McWilliams Townsite. Black people owned a significant amount of land in the downtown area before being forced to relocate.
2021 Historic Westside Legacy Park Honorees:
Anna Bailey, William "Bob" Bailey, Shirley Barber, Rev. Dr. Marion Bennett, Larry Bolden, Hattie Canty, Barbara Crear, Dr. John Crear, Ruby Duncan, Huedillard "H.P." Fitzgerald, James Gay III, Naomi Jackson Goynes, Theron Goynes, Judge Addeliar Dell Guy III, J. David Hoggard, Mabel Hoggard, John Howell, Lubertha Johnson, Charles Kellar, Sarann Knight-Preddy, Dr. Esther Langston, Dr. James B. McMillan, Daisy Miller, Det. Herman Moody, Sen. Joe Neal, Dr. William Pearson, Maggie Pearson, Lou Richardson, Vicki Richardson, Rev. Jesse Scott, Dr. William W. Sullivan, Helen Toland, Dr. Charles I. West, Brenda Williams, Monroe Williams, Woodrow Wilson.
2022 Historic Westside Legacy Park Honorees:
Q. B. Bush, Rev. Donald Maurice Clark, Eugene Collins, Ruby Collins, Louis Conner Sr., Cranford Crawford Jr.; John Edmond, Ida Gaines, Marzette Lewis, Dr. Beverly Mathis, William McCurdy Sr., Henry J. Moore Sr., Harvey Munford, Claude Parson, Stella Parson, Dr. Anthony Pollard, Diane Pollard, Eva Simmons, Dr. Lonnie Sisson, Odis “Tyrone” Thompson, Roosevelt Toston, David Washington, Marcia Washington, Dr. Linda E. Young.
Roughly bounded by: West Bonanza Road, Martin Luther King Boulevard, West Carey Avenue, Interstate 15.