For years the narrative in regards to the gold rush has been incomplete. Whether or not it was in school rooms, books or another kind of training, the position of African Individuals within the gold rush has been ignored or forgotten.
Virtually as in the event that they had been ghosts.
Nonetheless, the Vallejo Naval Museum, native researcher and historian Sharon McGriff-Payne and creator Mark Oliver are attempting to alter that narrative with the presentation “The Voices of the Golden Ghosts — African Individuals within the Gold Rush.” The efficiency and reenactment on the museum is a collaboration between the museum and Oliver, that includes the work of Payne-McGriff, relies on the e-book of the identical title edited by Oliver.
Vallejo Naval Museum Government Director Melinda McCrary is happy to have the occasion, set for this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., with the associated fee being $20.
“Properly when anybody mentions Sharon, I’m listening,” McCrary stated. “However one other factor I actually wish to do with this museum is to not have the identical outdated matter over and over. This matter is exclusive, completely different. I imply, how a lot did you study African Individuals concerned within the gold rush whereas rising up? Most likely nothing, in all probability zero. It was in all probability regarding a White man who took the Oregon Path and went by means of the Sierra Nevadas and made one million bucks. However that’s not all the story.”
“I imply the true story is all the time higher than the one truly given,” McGriff-Payne stated. “The actual story tells how California was actually made. And a whole lot of it hasn’t been instructed as a result of it hasn’t been researched.”
McGriff-Payne stated she started getting within the story whereas she was a pupil at Sonoma Faculty again within the Seventies. She turned fascinated with the lives of Delilah Beasley and John Grider. Beasley, a journalism pioneer, wrote “The Negro Trailblazers of California,” revealed in 1919. A couple of years earlier she had interviewed Grider in Vallejo.
“That e-book was outdated. I imply simply trying on the font model of the e-book you knew it was outdated,” McGriff-Payne stated. “However I carried that e-book with me wherever I went, even when it was out of state. It’s due to her reporting we all know extra concerning the Blacks concerned with the gold rush. That e-book simply blew me away and it turned a type of roadmap for me when researching early pioneers.”
McGriff-Payne can also be very keen on the e-book the occasion is known as after, edited by Oliver. Within the e-book, McGriff-Payne writes just a few pages about Beasley and her significance to the world in addition to Grider.
In 2010 Oliver was engaged on a documentary about Black employees migrating to Northern California logging cities within the Nineteen Twenties. He found African Individuals within the 1850-1870 census data in Siskiyou County, thought of the “Second Motherload” of the California gold rush. These discoveries of individuals, maps, and mines with an unknown historical past fill that e-book.
“I’m actually trying ahead to this occasion as a result of I all the time wish to increase our viewers, our tales and the narrative,” McCrary stated.