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The original forty-four pobladores (settlers) who founded Our Lady of the Queen of the Angels (Los Angeles) in 1781 included several of Afro-Mexican descent. In the more than two hundred years since, African-American Angelenos have played an integral role in the city’s development into a world-class metropolis. Library Special Collections holdings on African Americans include significant collections which reveal the influence of individuals, organizations and institutions and their role in the development of the city. African Americans came to Los Angeles in multiple waves of migration from Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, and other states and, once here, fought and triumphed over the racism and bias they believed had been left behind in their home states.
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