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African Americans of San Jose & Santa Clara County Book Signing and Talk
February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
African Americans of San José & Santa Clara County (released January 28), Arcadia Publishing
Talk & Book Signing with Author, Jan Batiste Adkins
Beginning in the 1840s, black men and women heard the call to go west, migrating to California in search of gold, independence, freedom, and land to call their own. By the mid-1850s, a lively African American community had taken root in San Francisco. Churches and businesses were established, schools were built, newspapers were published, and aid societies were formed.
For the next century, the history of San Francisco’s African American community mirrored the nation’s slow progress toward integration with triumphs and setbacks depicted in images of schools, churches, protest movements, business successes, and political struggles.
This event is hosted by the African American Heritage House at History Park.
Light refreshments will be served and book talks will be given at 2:15 and again at 3:15 pm. We will also lead tours of the African American Heritage House
Free parking is available on park grounds.