Never a "slave state," California also did not encourage Blacks to settle here--but things were different in the Capay Valley. Once early Blacks like the Green Berry Logan family in Guinda and Basil Campbell north of Esparto were able to settle and begin farming, their families grew and others followed them west. Our schools were never segregated, as can be seen in the early pictures taken at the many 1-to-2-room country schools in the area.
Capay Valley's African-American pioneer history began in the 1850s with Basil Campbell and is covered extensively in many of our quarterly Journal volumes published to date.
Learn about our unique, inclusive history by attending Black History/Multi-Cultural Day the 2nd Saturday in February at the historic Guinda Grange Hall.
Check out this great video from the 2015 event!