Author will discuss new book on blacks in Vallejo

By From page A3 | February 13, 2013

Author Sharon McGriff-Payne. (Courtesy photo)

FAIRFIELD — Sharon McGriff-Payne, a lifelong resident of Vallejo, will discuss her new book, “African Americans in Vallejo,” from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Becker Balmer meeting room of the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St.

Her previous work, “John Grider’s Century – African Americans in Solano, Napa, and Sonoma Counties from 1845 to 1925,” explored early black pioneers who settled in Northern California, leading the way for blacks who would follow in the 20th century.

The new book boasts more than 200 vintage images and talks about how blacks have been part of Vallejo for more than 150 years. The book is published by Arcadia Publishing and can be purchased at area bookstores or by calling 888-313-2665.

For more information, visit www.solanolibrary.com.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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