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From Africa to Richmond

Special Event for Black History Month

From Africa to Richmond

Presentation by Patricia Mapps

Monday, February 28, 7pm-8pm PST | FREE | CLICK HERE TO RSVP

My family’s path from freedom in Africa to enslavement and emancipation in the American South and on to Civil Rights activism in Richmond, CA

Join us for a special presentation by Patricia Mapps, From Africa to Richmond, on Monday, February 28 at 7pm. Through archival research, oral history, and DNA, Patricia has traced her ancestors to Africa and uncovered a story of enslavement, emancipation, the decision to purchase and live on the land they “tamed” when enslaved, their transition to farm laborers then to farmers, and Civil Rights activism in Richmond.

In this special online event, Patricia will share the story her research has uncovered in a presentation which will be followed by a Q&A session.


About Patricia Mapps: Patricia Mapps was born in Martinez, CA, and lived and attended school in Richmond, until her family moved to a home in San Pablo. Her mother and father were among the throng of migrants moving to the Bay Area in the 1940s, and became active in early civil rights’ struggles at Richmond.

Patricia attended Walter T. Helms Junior High School and Richmond Union High School, graduating in the top 1% of her class. She was a student at Reed College in Portland, OR, and became an IBM Computer Systems Engineer, working with the company for more than a decade. Later, she opened a consulting firm providing technical support for IBM Mainframe users.

Today, Patricia lives in Berkeley with her husband, Patrick Salmon. Upon retirement, she began researching her family history. She is now a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Top Main Image: Patricia Mapps’ Graduation Portrait from Richmond High School; Background Image: Patricia Mapps’ Family Tree. Graphic design/image production by Ann Miller. Images Courtesy of Patricia Mapps

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