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Hidden History of Napa Valley – published March 2019

“Napa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history. Uncover the story of Napa’s first Chinatown–once home to nearly five hundred immigrants–that dwindled to fewer than seventeen residents before the last buildings were razed in the early twentieth century. Meet the small but determined group of African American farmers and barbers who called Napa home and the indomitable May Howard, a successful businesswoman and brothel owner. Learn about the Bracero Program that kept many of Napa’s wineries, including Krug, Beaulieu and Stag’s Leap, thriving during World War II. Join author Alexandria Brown as she explores these lesser-known stories of the ordinary people who helped shape modern-day wine country.”

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“Author’s “Hidden History” to bring Napa’s unsung peoples to the fore”Napa Valley Register

“Author gives voice to Wine Country’s underrepresented people”Marin Independent Journal

Forum on the Road: Napa Native Alexandria Brown Uncovers the Valley’s ‘Hidden History’KQED Forum radio program