Gold Chains team

Gold Chains Team (from left to right, starting in top row): Yo Ann Martinez, Candice Francis, Eva Paterson, Susan Anderson, Kareem Alston, Brady Hirsch, Tammerlin Drummond, Carmen King, Chris Bridges, Meher Kaur, Laura Atkins. Not pictured: Keith Kamisugi, Ryan Davis

Thank you to our partners

It took a village to bring this project to fruition.
Many thanks to our esteemed partners and supporters.

  • Laura Atkins, Fighting for Justice series, Heyday Books

More Thanks

  • Dax Brooks, Musician/Filmmaker
  • Change Consulting, LLC
  • Abre' Connor, ACLU of Northern California
  • Dr. Verna Gibbs, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs' descendant
  • Annabelle Ison, Ison Designs
  • Holly Kernan, KQED
  • Christopher Martin, logo designer
  • Martin Luther McCoy, Musician/Actor
  • Jessie Seyfer
  • Jake Snow, ACLU of Northern California
  • Abdi Soltani, ACLU of Northern California
  • Tirien Steinbach, ACLU of Northern California
  • The Tom Feelings Collection, LLC
  • Erika Tracy, Hoopa Tribal Education Association
  • Carolyn Tyler, former anchor, ABC 7
  • Eliza Wee, Dogmo Studios

The mission of Gold Chains is to uncover the hidden history of slavery in California by lifting up the voices of courageous African American and Native American individuals who challenged their brutal treatment and demanded their civil rights, inspiring us with their ingenuity, resilience, and tenacity. We aim to expose the role of the courts, laws, and the tacit acceptance of white supremacy in sanctioning race-based violence and discrimination that continues into the present day. Through an unflinching examination of our collective past, we invite California to become truly aware and authentically enlightened.