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[NV] African Americans in Historic Virginia City, NV

[cross-posted in AfriGeneas States forum]


I came across this interesting web site/page.
It tells of ex-slaves and freeborns running businesses and thriving in the community of Virginia City, Nevada.
The site was recently in the throes of an archaeological excavation.

The surnames of BROWN and SANDS are mentioned.

From the web page:

Discovering Traces of an African American Past in the Wild West


Archaeologists and historians have recently discovered the site of the Boston Saloon, an African American business that once thrived in the world-famous 19th century mining town of Virginia City, Nevada. Because this resource is so rare, and because it promises to write a highly significant chapter on the role of African Americans in the West, the Boston Saloon site is a landmark of national significance. The archaeological excavation of this site provides an exciting opportunity to explore the diverse past of the nation. The Comstock Archaeology Center and the Museums, Library and Arts Foundation are seeking $279,650 in grants and major contributions to make this happen..

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