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For the past 13 years, Eric Bradner has led the African-American History tour at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. Join us on December 18th as he shares the tales of triumph and tragedy of African-American families buried in that cemetery that persevered against prejudice since the time of California's entering the Union.
California's hotly contested entry into the Union was racially charged from the very beginning. On one hand, the South did not want anymore non-slave states upsetting the balance of power. On the other, California's miners wanted to avoid competing for gold with a platoon of slave labor. Most of California's politicians did not want blacks in the state at all, slave or free.
It was in this environment that black families put down roots in Sacramento that would stretch over generations. Against prejudice, African-American families created a small community of their own, constructing businesses and churches and fraternal organizations like the Zouaves or the Janissaries of Light, as well as struggling together to achieve equal education and voting and civil rights.
Members Free Admission - Guests $5 Admission Fee