Pictured: The Empress Theatre, located at 338 Virginia Street, was built in 1911 as a movie and vaudeville house. Over time it was renamed the Vallejo, Senator, and Crest. The name was changed back to Empress Theater in the 1980s.
Lewis F. Brown (1929-2019) was elected as Vallejo’s first African-American city councilman in 1965. He also served as Vallejo’s Vice Mayor from 1967 to 1969. He was born in Mississippi. He received his law degree in 1964. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.