This family lost their land to a California state park

Descendants of a Black pioneer during California’s Gold Rush want their family’s legacy restored.

Miners pan for gold in 1852 at Spanish Flat in El Dorado County, California. The state's African American community was small at the outset of the Gold Rush but both free and formerly enslaved participated. Some purchased land and settled in Coloma and elsewhere in the county. One study shows there were 331 Black landowners in California by 1860. 
Photograph courtesy of California History Room, California State Library

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