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African American Black Context Statement

The City of Santa Barbara Community Development Department, Planning Division is preparing a Historic Context Statement that provides a holistic history of the African American/Black community in Santa Barbara and identifies possible historic resources that represent that history.

The City hired architectural history consulting firm of Page & Turnbull who partnered with Healing Justice Santa Barbara to complete the project.  Click Here (link coming soon) to learn more about the Historic Context Statement.

Healing Justice Santa Barbara is hosting one-on-one community conversations to gather important stories for the Context Statement. To set up an appointment contact Healing Justice SB at or Nicole Hernandez, Architectural Historian at or call (805) 564-5336.

February 17, 2022: Prioritizing the Preservation of Black Legacies in Santa Barbara

Celebrate Black History Month 2022 with an event to learn about the historical and cultural context of Black people in Santa Barbara through a virtual panel discussion and screening ofBlack is Beautiful (20 minute documentary). A question and answer on the current process of developing an African American/BlackHistoric Context Statement will follow.

Click here to view the informational flyer for more information and registration.

Future community meetings and drafts of the Historic Context Statement will be posted on this site.

The development of the African American/Black Historic Context Statement has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, through the California Office of Historic Preservation.  However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior of the California Office of Historic Preservation, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or the California Office of Historic Preservation.  Regulations of the U. S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally-assisted programs on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, or natural origin.  Any person who believes he or she has be discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127,Washington, D.C. 20013-7127

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2022
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