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SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC PLACES: Black Pioneers

Airs Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Historical photo of the Hotel Robinson, now the historic Julian Hotel. It was built by Margaret and Albert Robinson who ran the hotel from 1887 to 1915.

Learn more about San Diego County's history with host Elsa Sevilla, on SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES. This series details the history of San Diego and surrounding areas, explores the region, and certainly touches on California history. Some of the topics and viewer favorites include historic hotels, historic theaters, stagecoach stations, Victorian houses and railroad depots, to name a few.

Black pioneer, Albert Robinson, in front of the Hotel Robinson, now the Historic Julian Hotel.
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Above: Black pioneer, Albert Robinson, in front of the Hotel Robinson, now the Historic Julian Hotel.

The historic Julian Hotel as it looks in 2011, previously named Hotel Robinson
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Above: The historic Julian Hotel as it looks in 2011, previously named Hotel Robinson

Host Elsa Sevilla is passionate about history. She travels the county in search of unique, beautiful and grand "Historic Places." The biggest reward for Elsa is when viewers mention they knew of the location, but never knew the history, until they watched SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES.

In this episode, you'll find out who the first black pioneers were as they settled in San Diego in the early and mid-1800s.

Learn how one pioneer started the first Gold Rush in the County, another had a laundering clothes business, but probably the most recognized today, are: Margaret and Albert Robinson who built and ran the Hotel Robinson from 1887 to 1915. It is now the Julian Hotel.

Join host Elsa Sevilla as she uncovers facts about the past as the first black pioneers arrived in San Diego.

Full episodes of SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES are available for online viewing.

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SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES: Black History