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Learn Sacramento's African-American history on free tour

Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery starts its tour season Feb. 23.
(Photo: Courtesy Historic City Cemetery)
City Cemetery starts tour season Saturday; first garden event March 30

Learn Sacramento history while getting some exercise and enjoying a truly unique resource.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, the Historic City Cemetery starts its series of free guided walking tours with a special event focused on local African-American history, dating back to the Gold Rush.

“We start our 2019 history tours with a celebration of the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment,” said the tour organizers. “You’ll meet barbers, doctors, caterers, soldiers, singers, pastors and others who settled the frontier and helped make Sacramento the diverse city that it is today.”

All ages are welcome; wear sensible shoes for the cemetery’s gravel paths. The tour is free; donations are welcome.

Meet at the cemetery’s main gate, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free street parking is available.

The cemetery gardens are just about ready to burst into bloom.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)
This tour kicks off the cemetery’s series of events focused on history and its gardens. Next up: “Animal Tales” at 10 a.m. March 2, featuring some of the more memorable animal-related stories associated with the cemetery’s residents.

The garden tour season starts at 10 a.m. March 30 with “Spring Beauties Awaken.” And a highlight of every spring, the cemetery hosts its annual Open Gardens and Rose Sale on April 13.

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- Debbie Arrington


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