Los Gallos

Salvador Roberto Torres Papers, CEMA 38, Department of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Los Gallos was a jacket club formed in Logan Heights, San Diego in the early 1950s.  They were guided by the late Al Johnson, a local community leader and owner of El Carrito Restaurant on Logan Avenue. The 1950s, as experienced by the youth of this military town, were a period of extreme racial and social inequalities, fears of nuclear terrorism, isolationist politics, and racially biased police attitudes. As working class youth their parents labored in cannery, war defense, and other heavy labor industries that sustained the infrastructure of the city.

Los Gallos members paid dues and had a decision making and voting process. They had a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant of Arms, and a Historian who photo documented their history and created the Gallos Album.

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