This month, the DVBIA had the opportunity to partner with the Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) and co-hosted their first-ever “Hogan’s Alley Society Showcase,” a celebration of Vancouver’s Black culture and a discovery of the hidden history that lives here.
The showcase featured artwork by artist Julia Frederick, the musical stylings of Joe Amouzo, Sam Chimes, Cal Thornton, and traditional African dance performances by UBC alumni, “Sinbirds.” Lama Mugabo, Community Engagement Coordinator of HAS also took the stage to educate showcase-goers on Hogan’s Alley and its cultural relevance and the work HAS is doing for Vancouver’s Black community.
The Hogan’s Alley Society is a non-profit organization consisting of civil rights activists, business professionals, community organizations, artists, writers, and academics who are committed to shining a light on the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout the province.
Hogan’s Alley Society’s ongoing projects include working with the City of Vancouver in efforts to construct a cultural centre on the soon to be
developed “North East False Creek Plan,” as well as partnering with the
Portland Hotel Society, BC Housing, and the City of Vancouver to deliver a 52-unit temporary modular housing development on the Hogan’s Alley Block. The Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) and HAS Black Experience Project aim to map out the diverse experiences of people of African descent (Black) in Metro Vancouver.
Hogan’s Alley was the unofficial name for Park Lane in Vancouver’s
Strathcona neighbourhood that ran between Union and Prior Streets from approximately Main to Jackson Avenue. Hogan’s Alley was home to Vancouver’s Black population. With the construction of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts came the displacement of this diverse community.
For more information about Hogan’s Alley and Hogan’s Alley Society, visit their website.
Check out this short video on the History of Hogan’s Alley: