THE COLORED CONVENTIONS AND THE CARCERAL STATES

BLACK POPULATIONS IN CALIFORNIA

Black communities in California counties grew slowly during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Explore the population change over time by scrolling over the chart below. The chart shows that persons listed as “Black” in the US Census consistently made up one percent or less of the population in the county of Los Angeles.

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SOURCE: Data for this table are gathered from Los Angeles Almanac (based on US Federal Census) and Historical Census Browser. 

In San Francisco, there were considerably more persons listed as “Black” than in Los Angeles. They, nevertheless, made up a small chunk of the county’s population. San Francisco’s proximity to Coloma, the site where gold was first discovered, played a part in this growth. African Americans lured by the Gold Rush also sought opportunities in closer urban areas.

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 SOURCE: Data gathered from Bay Area Census and SF Geneology.