Although no Black Towns have been identified in Nevada at this time, research has demonstrated that in most, if not all states, African Americans lived, worked and contributed to the growth of the broader community. Others lived in segregated communities.

In his book Good Time Coming?, Elmer Rusco identifies the presence of African Americans in early Nevada. The number of early black individuals living in the state seems to have reached five hundred during the 19th century. The majority of them lived in Virginia City.

African Americans participated in Nevada silver mining, just as they participated in California gold mining. In fact, sixty-six black miners were part of the “Rush to White Pine” in the late 1860s. When the mines at Treasure Hill failed, they left soon afterwards, as did their white counterparts.


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