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Nicole Hernandez
Architectural Historian
(805) 564-5536

Healing Justice SB


African American Black Context Statement


The City of Santa Barbara is preparing a Historic Context Statement that provides a holistic history of the African American/Black community in Santa Barbara and identifies possible historic resources that represent that history.

The City hired architectural history consulting firm, Page & Turnbull, who partnered with Healing Justice Santa Barbara to complete the project.


Draft Context Statement

Postcard front announcing draft is available for Santa Barbara African American/Black Historic Context Statement

The Public Draft of the Santa Barbara African American/Black Historic Context Statement is available for review!

Review and comment by July 15, 2022 in one of the following methods:

  • EMAIL: Send comments to Architectural Historian, Nicole Hernandez at:
  • MAIL: Written comments to Nicole Hernandez, Community Development Department, PO Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990
  • PHONE: Call Nicole Hernandez, Architectural Historian at (805) 564-5536
  • SPEAK: Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks Commission will review the draft at a public hearing at 630 Garden Street in the David Gebhard Meeting Room on July 6, 2022 at 1:30PM.

Prioritizing the Preservation of Black Legacies in Santa Barbara

The following video is the historical and cultural context of Black people in Santa Barbara featuring a virtual panel discussion, a screening of Black is Beautiful documentary, and a question and answer on the current process of developing an African American/Black Historic Context Statement.

Page & Turnbull Historic Context Statement Presentation

Funding Support

The development of the African American/Black Historic Context Statement has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, through the California Office of Historic Preservation.  However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior of the California Office of Historic Preservation, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or the California Office of Historic Preservation.  Regulations of the U. S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally-assisted programs on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, or natural origin.  Any person who believes he or she has be discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127,Washington, D.C. 20013-7127