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Black History and Heritage – The San Diego Union-Tribune


A total of fifty-five Black Americans reside in San Diego County

These residents were predominantly formerly enslaved people from the South. Sixty percent of this population resided in the backcountry of Julian.

For more information on Black history in San Diego and to participate in Celebrate San Diego: Black History & Heritage at the San Diego History Center, go to

In honor of Black History Month, the Union-Tribune has partnered with the San Diego History Center to present items each day in February on local Black history.


On Feb. 6, nationally

1820 – “Mayflower of Liberia” sailed from New York City with eighty six Blacks. Black population: 1,771,656 (18.4 percent)

1993 – Arthur Ashe died. First African American to win at Wimbledon.

1867 – Robert Tanner Jackson becomes first African American to receive a degree in dentistry.

Source: Alice Tyler Milton, Lawson State Comunity College; for more information: