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date: 01 October 2020

The History of Black San Franciscolocked

  • Jan Batiste Adkins


The theme of traveling to California the continent s end in search of new opportunities is prevalent throughout San Francisco s history as well as the history of other California cities Early settlers of the 1840s both black and white heard the call to go west in search of gold a business or land for a new home Although California was considered a free state a free state did not necessarily mean black settlers were welcomed Many black settlers in San Francisco who lived as free men and women fought to overcome harsh odds of discrimination to build a viable community Even in the free state not all black settlers in communities in or near San Francisco lived in freedom Many plantation owners brought slaves from the South to pan for gold and work in the mines and then returned to their plantations with their slaves Several of those who ...

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