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Slavery and Freedom Celebrating the 170th Anniversary of the California Gold Rush
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Early morning on January 24, 1848, James Marshall discovered gold in the mill race of Sutter's Mill along the American River, Coloma, California. Enslaved and Free, people of Pan African ancestry were part of the migration to the Gold Mining District. Throughout the vast region of Alta California, people of African ancestry held high level positions in the Mexican Republic. This 170th Anniversary Year of the California Gold Rush it is time to share "hidden figures" from our California Pan African Heritage.

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