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William D. Estrada is Curator of California and American History and Chair of the History Department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He holds a PhD in History from UCLA and is a social and cultural historian, specializing in 19th and early-20th-century Los Angeles.

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Calle de los Negros, circa 1886
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Lost LA

Calle de los Negros: L.A.'s "Forgotten" Street

How did Calle de los Negros get its name? And why did the city raze it in 1887?
Pío de Jesus Pico and his wife, María Ignacia Alvarado Pico, in 1852, with two of their nieces, María Anita Alvarado (far left) and Trinidad Ortega (far right).
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Lost LA

The Life and Times of Pío Pico, Last Governor of Mexican California

Much of what we know about Pío Pico remains clouded in myth. His significance as an historical figure, as well as his connection to the contemporary Latino and African-American communities is worth remembering.
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