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News :: Education : Environment : Gender : Gentrification : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights
Negro Hill National Memorial ~ 4th of July Independence Day Celebration
01 Jul 2011
California pioneers from Boston help establish Negro Hill, California during the "Age of Sail" yet an official recognition of early pioneers of African descent remains a challenge to one standard of humanity.
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Negro Hill National Memorial ~ 4th of July Independence Day Celebration

Ongoing delicate and very serious negations facilitated by the United States Department of Justice between El Dorado County, California Prison Industry Authority and our Negro Hill Burial Ground Project may find common ground toward bringing “dignity and respect” to all early California pioneers.

Our ancestors of African descent who established, Negro Hill, California in 1848 demand nothing less tha a full elevated equitable treatment of their contributions the forward flow of humanity.

This 4th of July Weekend may touch the hearts, minds and spirits of entrenched positions indefensible.

Essential reading of the book Racial Fault Lines, reviews the ethnic history of California since the late nineteenth century and the institutionalization of “white supremacy” in the state. Assessing the control of resources, status and political legitimacy between the European American and the Native, Mexican, African, Chinese and Japanese populations seeking a greater measure of freedom and equal opportunity, Tom’as Almaguer weaves a detailed and disturbing portrait of ethnic, racial and class relationships during this tumultuous time as we strive today for a more perfect union...

Few want to consider the early seeds establishing Negro Hill, a very wealthy California Gold Rush community, being sown by David Walker’s Appeal in 1829, Boston, Massachusetts, yet the primary source documentation is very clear and ship manifests during the “Age of Sail” insure amazing discovery.

David Walker’s Appeal instilled pride in its readers and gave hope that change would someday come. It spoke out against colonization, a popular movement that sought to move free blacks to a colony in Africa. America, Walker believed, belonged to all who helped build it. He went even further, stating, "America is more our country than it is the whites -- we have enriched it with our blood and tears." He then asked, "will they drive us from our property and homes, which we have earned with our blood?"

Who, when, what, where, how and why Negro Hill, California came into existence continues to be the front line battle in July 2011.

If California State and Federal laws are violated to separate the grave markers from the early pioneers who still cannot rest in peace then far greater damage is inflicted through the stated “good intentions” by a plethora of new participants given deference through familiar relations.

Today’s seat of authority in El Dorado County, historic Hangtown, California firmly rests upon the limited historical cognition of early California pioneers of African descent in a strange thinly veiled embrace of the limited knowledge of a 15 year old Eagle Scout project escalating and compounding the egregious of national, state and local officials treatment of people of African descent.

Watching the opening “running of the bulls” an annual 4th of July celebration in historic Negro Bar, California, today’ historic Folsom, California, the debt of our stolen legacy becomes a regional showcase where all recognition and acknowledgement of the contributions of people of African descent becomes a new “manifest destiny” to celebrate California’s distinct and unique history of race and ethnic relations.

On July 5, 1852, Fredrick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester's Corinthian Hall.

It was biting oratory, in which the speaker told his audience, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." And he asked them, "Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?"

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.

There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.
The U.S. Founding Fathers wrote clear the need to “form a more perfect union.”

Who were the early pioneers that created the regional community of Negro Hill, California?
36 grave markers that read, Unknown, moved from Nigger Hill Cemetery, by U.S. Government in 1954 contain human remains of early California pioneers believed to be from 1850-1870 from yet unreleased documents in the possession of El Dorado County Officials continue to hide aspects essential to establishing a U.S. National Monument recognizing the wealth of cultural resource from Negro Hill, California.

Our Negro Hill Burial Ground Project, decade long salient focus, is documenting the underlying predicate professionally, a formal cultural resource study worthy of national preservation standards is the concurrent condition essential to insuring “dignity and respect” to the early pioneers of Negro Hill, California and the golden legacy of the multi ethnic progeny seeking justice.

What is beyond question is the regional location of Negro Hill, California, above the confluence of the North and South Fork of the American River, near the California State Capitol.

What remain in question are the values, beliefs and financial support necessary to qualify and quantify Negro Hill, California this United Nations International Year for People of African Descent, the U.S. 4th of July Independence Day Weekend.

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