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John Griders Century: African Americans in Solano, Napa, and Sonoma Counties from 1845 to 1925 McGriff-Payne Sharon McGriff-Payne

John Griders Century: African Americans in Solano, Napa, and Sonoma Counties from 1845 to 1925

McGriff-Payne Sharon McGriff-Payne

Published September 14th 2009
ISBN : 9781440160912
Paperback
184 pages
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Sharon McGriff-Payne has spent the past three years of this first decade of the 21st Century mesmerized by African Americans from the 19th Century, especially the insistent voice of John Grider. Grider captured McGriff-Paynes imagination and guidedMoreSharon McGriff-Payne has spent the past three years of this first decade of the 21st Century mesmerized by African Americans from the 19th Century, especially the insistent voice of John Grider. Grider captured McGriff-Paynes imagination and guided her to mine largely neglected archives to unearth and compile the stories of African Americans in Californias North Bay counties of Solano, Napa, and Sonoma from the 1840s through the 1920s. Grider, a former slave, Bear Flag veteran, and hardworking everyman has inspired McGriff-Paynes research. The indomitable Miss Delilah L. Beasley has also inspired the author. Her 1919 book, The Negro Trail Blazers of California, preserved the names and deeds of many of the North Bays African American pioneers. John Griders Century seeks to add those black voices to Californias larger historical narrative, with the message, We were here!Tell my story, Grider prompted. McGriff-Payne has attempted to fulfill that command and dedicates this volume to him and the other pioneers who founded schools, formed churches and civic organizations, advocated policy, built businesses, raised families and triumphed over daunting odds.