WHAT WE DID: 2/17

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Continue working on odes – due Tuesday, 2/21
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Continue working on “seen/unseen” traits visual – due Tuesday, 2/21

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY WITH NOTABLE ANGELENOS

You may not know this, but the city of Los Angeles was founded in 1781, when California was part of Mexico. Extensive research uncovered that at least 26 of the  original 44 settlers had some degree of African ancestry.

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Arriving in Los Angeles shortly after the city’s settlement was Juan Francisco Reyes, a mulatto (mixed race) soldier from Zapotlán el Grande in Jalisco. He was both the first Black and the first Hispanic alcalde (or mayor) of Los Angeles from 1793 to 1795. Francisco Reyes was also the Spanish Crown’s first land grantee and the original grantee of the San Fernando Rancho – now the San Fernando Valley. Pictured (above from left) are his great-grandchildren: Margarita, Isidro, Jr., Francisca and Mariá Antonia Villa de Reyes, widow of Ysidro, Sr. who was grandson of Juan Francisco Reyes.

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The picture on the left is Refugio Reyes de Roberts, the great great grand daughter of Juan Francisco Reyes. On the left is Ysidro Reyes, Sr., his grandson.

In 1849, Californians sought statehood and, after heated debate in the U.S. Congress arising out of the slavery issue, California entered the Union as a free, nonslavery state by the Compromise of 1850. California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850.

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