The Emancipation Proclamation as Celebrated in the 1870 Ukiah Newspaper
Excerpt from the Mendocino Herald, January 14th, 1870:
Celebration.-The sixth anniversary of
the Emancipation Proclamation was duly
celebrated by the colored people of California.
As we have no contrabands in this
valley to darken this democratic atmosphere,
of course we had no celebration. – A
few Diggers, who are fast dying’ off, and
three or four Chinamen, who have recently
set up a wash house, are all we have of the
inferior races; but as these latter are but
poorly patronized by our citizens, they will
soon shake the Ukiah dust from their wooden
shoes, wrap their tails around them, and
leave us unmolested in our superiority.