Save the Date: A new look at the Symbionese Liberation Army

A new exhibit on the Symbionese Liberation Army, the 1970s radical group responsible for kidnapping newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, opens Wednesday night in Highland Park. The SLA show at the former Highland Park police station on York Boulevard features photos and artifacts related to the LAPD search for SLA members as well as the deadly May 1974 shootout and the bombing attempts of Los Angeles police stations. Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, said the show was organized following the acquisition of some new artifacts and ongoing public interest about the SLA. Wednesday night’s opening reception is sold out but the public can see the show beginning on Thursday. Admission is $8.

Other upcoming Eastside events include a presentation by the author of  “Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles”* on Wednesday and a Thursday night book signing for “From Seed to Skillet” in Atwater Village. More things to do in Save the Date.

* The presentation is sponsored by the Echo Park Historical Society. The Eastsider is a historical society board member.


  1. Never understood the SLA’s purpose. Is there a place called Symbia that needed liberating from something/someone?

  2. According to the group’s manifesto, “taken from the word symbiosis … a body of dissimilar bodies and organisms living in deep and loving harmony …; -nese probably after Chinese, Japanese, etc.

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