Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California

A collaboration between ACLU of Northern California, Equal Justice Society, KQED, Laura Atkins, and the California Historical Society will uncover the hidden history of slavery in California.

We aim to lift up the voices of courageous African American and Native American individuals who challenged their brutal treatment and demanded their civil rights, inspiring us with their ingenuity, resilience, and tenacity. We seek to expose the role of the courts, laws, and the tacit acceptance of white supremacy in sanctioning race-based violence and discrimination that continues into the present day.

Through an unflinching examination of our collective past, we invite California to become truly aware and authentically enlightened.

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Artwork by Christopher Martin

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