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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.

Encore Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV / On Demand

On 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, and 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.


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Black pioneer, Albert Robinson, in front of the Hotel Robinson, now the Historic Julian Hotel.
Courtesy of Elsa Sevilla
The historic Julian Hotel as it looks in 2011, previously named Hotel Robinson.

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About The Series:

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning documentary series like no other on local television. The series explores and details the areas history dating back to the 16th century, focusing on the various groups of people living in the region. Produced and created by award-winning journalists Elsa and Guillermo Sevilla.