Skip to main content

Bessie Bruington Burke

@ Los Angeles Public Library



She was a distinguished pioneer, humanitarian, administrator and the first African American Principal in the City of L.A. Schools. She retired in 1955 after 44 years with the Los Angeles Board of Education.Portrait of Bessie Bruington Burke, first African American teacher in the Los Angeles City Schools.
Photographic Prints
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Images available for reproduction and educational use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at for additional information.The contents of this collection are restricted to personal, research, and non-commercial use. The Library cannot share the personal and/or contact information of the donors, their descendants, or associates who contributed photographs and oral histories to the collection.
View Original At:

Record Contributed By

Los Angeles Public Library

Record Harvested From

California Digital Library