Black History in Napa County, California

In light of everything going on, I decided to offer an excerpt of my chapter on Black history in Napa County, California, from my book Hidden History of Napa Valley, out 2019. I did extensive research for this chapter and it covers 1846-1940. This chapter is not a meditation on The Struggle (TM), but a celebration of Black culture, traditions, and survival.

In April 2020, my second book, Lost Restaurants of Napa Valley and their Recipes, was published. Like Hidden History, it also looks the history of marginalized communities in Napa County, but it focuses on food history.

If you can, please buy my books through an independent book store. And if you’re not Black and in need of some anti-racist resources, there are a ton available on twitter.

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History Day Trips: Monterey, California

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Monterey, California, is one of my favorite coastal cities in the state. With bright blue waters and rich history, it’s a lovely little city. The Esselen and Rumsien Ohlone have lived on this land for thousands of years. The Spanish arrived in 1770, the Chinese fishing families in the 1850s, and the canneries in 1902.

What follows are some photos and some historical information about several sites in Monterey. Why? Because I’m a history nerd, that’s why.

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History Day Trips: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

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Happy Juneteenth! To celebrate the emancipation of my ancestors, here’s a bit of history on a site in California most people have never heard of: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Why? Because I’m a history nerd, that’s why.

Before you go any further, however, I highly recommend reading this detailed biography of Allensworth and history of the town.

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History Day Trips: Charleston, South Carolina

 

Until March 2017, I knew next to nothing about Charleston except a few historical tidbits. I understood its role in the slave trade, but it was more general information than emotional pull. While visiting relatives in the region, I had the chance to spend a few days in the nearly 350-year-old city (and traditional land of the Kiawah, Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe, and Etiwan Tribe of the Wassamasaw Indian Nation) and it blew my mind.

What follows are some photos and some historical information about several sites in Charleston. Why? Because I’m a history nerd, that’s why.

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History Day Trips: Gold Country #2

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In September 2013, I took a mini road trip through California’s Gold Country through Smartsville, Bridgeport, French Corral, North San Juan, North Columbia, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, North Bloomfield, and Nevada City. What follows are some photos and some historical information about each site. Why? Because I’m a history nerd, that’s why.

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