40th Anniversary Eviction Commemoration

Friday August 4th, 2017 at 6pm
International Hotel Manilatown Center
86 Kearny Street, San Francisco

As the Manilatown Heritage Foundation and the International Hotel Manilatown Center prepare for the 40th Anniversary of the I-Hotel Eviction Commemoration, now more than ever we need to be inspired by our Eviction-era  Activist Heroes and the Community Documentarians that allow us to still remember them. As part of our countdown to August 4th, we will be sharing with you images and sounds from our Manilatown Heritage Foundation Archive right here on this web page.

I-Hotel Speaks presents
Manong Al Robles’ Happy 75th B-Day

I-Hotel Speaks remembers our beloved Manongs Al Robles and Bill Sorro at Uncle Al’s 75th Birthday Celebration in the basement of the Mint Mall. Please Click here to view Manong Al Robles’ Happy 75th B-Day. Maybe you were even in this fun video? Current Manilatown Heritage Foundation Board Members Tony, Caroline and Carmen were surprised to find themselves in it . . . before we even knew each other!

I-Hotel Speaks presents
Legacy: The Photographs of Chris Fujimoto


Chris Fujimoto was a Kearny Street Workshop photographer who worked closely with Manilatown Activist and Poet Al Robles to photograph in particular the tenants of the Manilatown/Chinatown SROs.  Chris began taking his photographs in 1971 in the social documentary style.  The MHF Archive collection is composed of pre-eviction, eviction and post-eviction images. Photos include rallies in front of the International Hotel, Manong Wahat Tampao, marches through Chinatown, fundraising events, the party before the closing of the St. Paul Hotel, the party before the closing of the Luck “M” Pool Hall, and Al Robles with Manong Ted Daluyot at St. Paul Hotel. There are also images of the demonstrators locked arm-in-arm and six layers deep in front of the Kearny Street Workshop. Click here to view Legacy: The Photographs of Chris Fujimoto.

Please visit this page often as we will be adding more archival material for you to view and more information on the August 4th program.