Napa's Black community fought for freedom from the start | Letters to the Editor

In the 1860s, Black Napans wanted to send their children to good schools, but state law barred integration. Once more, they fought back against state tyranny, this time by forming their own school.

Operating out of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church on Randolph, several made the honor roll in 1875.

But separate schools were hardly equal. Black schools had fewer resources and teachers, often functioned in spaces not designed as schools, and might be located far from many students’…

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