Hogan’s Alley was the unofficial name for Park Lane in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. With an estimated population of 800 at its peak in the 1950’s to 1960’s, it was a place to live and work together. The area was a hub, with thriving Black-owned businesses and a diverse and inclusive community that provided a strong network for families.
Two prominent residents are pictured—Fielding William Spotts who grew up in Victoria, moved to Vancouver in 1902, lived and owned a business in Hogan’s Alley until his death in 1937 at the age of 79. Nora Hendrix, the grandmother of famed musician Jimi Hendrix, arrived circa 1912. She was a community leader and co-founder of Vancouver’s first Black church, the African Methodist Episcopal Fountain Chapel at Prior and Jackson Avenue