Canadian Black Heritage Stamp honours Hogan’s Alley

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

The Hogan’s Alley Society