Controversial Folsom Lake day-use area temporarily renamed Black Miners Bar

The State Park and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to rename a day-use area in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area after years of calls to do so. The park’s controversial name will be temporarily renamed “Black Miners Bar” after the commission voted 7-0 in open court Friday. The site was previously called Negro Bar. Many public comments said the change was long overdue. by this area, they get punched in the face with this word,” said Tracie Stafford, chairwoman of the Sacramento County Democratic Party, who told KCRA 3 that she had been involved in the name change process over the last year and a half. It could take a year before an official name is chosen, but commission chair Rue Mapp is encouraged by her panel’s decision on Friday to approve a “tentative” name change. about this site, it’s been tough,” Mapp said. “So it’s both professional and personal pride in the decision we’ve come to today.” use name change recommendation “When someone comes up to me and says they can’t use the park because they’re not comfortable using it, I take that very seriously,” said Barry Smith, Gold Fields District Superintendent of California State Parks, “feels like it’s time for me to listen and understand why, and what I can do to help.” Daytime is on the northwest shore of Natoma Lake, about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento.The site offers trails, paddle sports concessions, and is a training facility for junior lifeguards.The historic site of the town of Negro Bar was located across the American River from where the current and com daytime facilities are located. had between 500 and 600 residents, according to government records from the 1850s. “Historical use of the name appears in reference to black miners during the gold rush, including an 1850 newspaper article noting that black miners gold at this location in 1848,” according to State Parks. State Parks had previously decided not to change the name when it emerged as an issue in 1999. In 2018, Phaedra Jones, a black woman from Stockton, created an online petition to change the name. In 2020 there was an official request to the US Board of Geographic Names. to change the site’s name, according to the State Parks Department. “The fact that we’re here today, having this discussion – although it’s painful that we’re still having this discussion – at least we have it,” Stafford said. “It is absolutely never too late to move on.” On Saturday, a June 19 commemoration event will take place at the site.

The State Park and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to rename a day-use area in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area after years of appeals.

The park’s controversial name will be temporarily renamed “Black Miners Bar” after the commission voted 7-0 in a public hearing on Friday. The site was previously called Negro Bar.

Many public comments said the change was long overdue.

“Some thought that ‘Nègre’ was actually black in Spanish and that this is what it was about, not understanding, every time a black person walks through this area they get punched in the face with this word,” said Tracie Stafford, chairwoman of the Sacramento County Democratic Party, who said at KCRA 3 that she had been involved in the renaming process for the past year and a half or so.

It could take a year before an official name is chosen, but commission chair Rue Mapp is encouraged by her panel’s decision on Friday to approve a “tentative” name change.

“As a black woman who’s driven by this site, who knows this site, it’s been tough,” Mapp said. “So it’s both professional and personal pride in the decision we’ve come to today.”

State park rangers, historians, and several state and local groups spent nearly two years researching the area’s history, holding discussions, and ultimately recommending the site’s renaming. daytime use.

“When someone comes up to me and says they can’t use the park because they’re not comfortable using it, I take that very seriously,” said Barry Smith, District Superintendent for State Parks for the Gold Fields District in California. “[I] I feel it’s time for me to listen and understand why and what I can do to help.”

The day-use area is on the northwest shore of Natoma Lake, approximately 20 miles northeast of Sacramento. The site offers trails, paddle sports concessions and is a training center for junior lifeguards.

The historic site of the town of Negro Bar was located across the American River from which the current day-use facilities are located and had a population of between 500 and 600, according to government records from the 1850s.

“Historical use of the name appears in reference to black miners during the gold rush, most notably in an 1850 newspaper article noting that black miners found gold there in 1848,” according to State Parks. .

State Parks had previously decided not to change the name when it emerged as an issue in 1999.

In 2018, Phaedra Jones, a black woman from Stockton, created an online petition to change the name.

In 2020, there was a formal request to the US Board of Geographic Names to change the site’s name, according to the State Parks Department.

“The fact that we’re here today, having this discussion — although it’s painful that we’re still having this discussion — at least we have it,” Stafford said. “It is absolutely never too late to move on.”

On Saturday, a June 19 commemoration event will take place at the site.

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