A Visit to the California Town Founded by Black Americans

At the start of the 20th century, a small group of Californians built a new kind of community.

California is full of ghost towns. Usually, the eerie ruins serve as monuments to the boom and bust of the Wild West—abandoned by Hollywood production studios or residents in search of better livelihoods or a more reliable water source. Whatever the particular circumstances, most are haunted, either literally or figuratively, by the specters of failed i…

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