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"Meeting of Colored Citizens" (with text supports)

At least 2,000 African Americans participated in the California Gold Rush. Though some were brought as slaves by southern masters, many were free northern blacks who migrated west with other Americans. African Americans, even free citizens, however, did not enjoy the same rights as whites. In 1858, when word reached California of a new gold discovery near Vancouver, Canada, many considered migrating out of the country to where their rights would be more secure. A group of black leaders went to Canada on a scouting mission and returned with the information shared in this Sacramento newspaper notice. Many black Californians soon left for Canada.

Source | “Meeting of Colored Citizens,” May 7,1858; The California Underground Railroad Digital Archive,
Creator | Unknown
Item Type | Newspaper/Magazine
Cite This document | Unknown, “"Meeting of Colored Citizens" (with text supports),” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 23, 2024,

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