About

Our club is made up of individuals who are looking to not only make but be a piece of history within the Bay area. Our heritage is made up of proud people that have crafted a culture that still lives today within the hearts of many African Americans who now call San Francisco home, and have done so for many generations.

We hope to provide content which adds and helps fulfill that legacy and allows others to see the type of pride we have in our heritage. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or interest in our group.

The Barbary Coasters help to keep The City’s African American history alive

through those who have a documentable history of living, working and being educated within San Francisco. Working in conjunction with other organizations, the BCC will seek to share resources, history, and events through structured projects and activities.

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Mission

The Barbary Coasters Club is Dedicated to…

Preserving and restoring African American history in City & County of San Francisco, California
Documenting “living” history through members and current/ former residents
Providing scholarly and secular African American historical information for public access
Providing a networking environment for current and former African American residents of San Francisco
Ensuring that African American history is documented, preserved and accessible for present and future generations

Why is the Club Needed?

The Barbary Coasters Club was created to help preserve the history of Black San Franciscans once it was realized that much of the history was being lost due to an exodus African Americans from “The City”.

The reasons for the exodus range from exorbitent housing prices, to redevelopment, to the dot-com industry and to rent hikes.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 23% of African American residents in San Francisco have left the city of their birth since 1993. The decreased presence of African Americans in The City runs the risk of losing such resources as historical documentation and proof of African American contributions to the City & County of San Francisco. The diminished presence also allows newer populations to San Francisco to assume that African Amaericans had no significant presence or contribution to The City’s present successes.