Narrative mural depicting California history from prehistory thru the 1920s. The Gold Rush era as designed by Ulysses Jenkins provides a Black‑American perspective on this period. It begins with the discovery of gold at Sutters' Mill and the migration of Blacks, Mexicans and Indians as well as Whites by ship to California. Above the bay are portraits of Mifflin W. Gibbs, publisher of the first Black newspaper and Mary Ellen Pleasant, a civil rights activist who helped defend Blacks arraigned under the fugitive slave laws. The globe represents the world's desire for the riches of the 49ers. Beside it stands William A. Leidesdorff, pilot of the first steamboat to arrive in San Francisco Bay, who later became a vice consul to Mexico.
- Creation Date
- Summer, 1976 (first 1,000 feet); 1979 (photograph); 1976-1983 (entire mural); 2008-2011 (restoration)
Los Angeles Valley College
Tujunga Wash, Los Angeles (California)
- Physical Description
2,754 feet (entire mural)
A collaborative project by Judith Baca and over 400 employed youths and artists. The first one thousand feet were painted during the first summer of work in 1976. Additionally the first one thousand feet were divided into sections of 100 feet each. Although the content is highly integrated, each section was designed by a different artist under the general supervision of Judith Baca.
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