African American Museum & Library of Oakland

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Visionary Women Series

Recall the life of Ruth Beckford: A Visionary Woman.
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Archival Collection


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AAMLO's archival collection is a unique resource on the history of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area. The archives includes over 160 collections documenting prominent families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations.

AAMLO History

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Our history dates back to 1946 when Eugene and Ruth Lasartemay and Jesse and Dr. Marcella Ford began collecting the oral histories and artifacts that documented the activities of African Americans in and around Oakland, the Bay Area, and California.

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