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Ballard Mountain Celebration

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Culbergs House

32063 Lobo Canyon Road

Cornell, CA 91301

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Celebrating the re-naming of Ballard Mountain

Sunday, February 11th
3pm - 4.30pm

A most unique and inspiring story!

Come join us for an afternoon to celebrate an important moment in African-American history in the Santa Monica Mountains. In 2010, the former Negrohead Mountain was renamed Ballard Mountain after John Ballard, who lived in the area in the 1880s. A former slave, Ballard was co-founder of the Los Angeles first African Methodist Episcopal Church which is still in operation to this day. He ran a delivery service in Los Angeles but the city's rising property values and class structure forced him to move his family to the mountains. Ballard farmsteaded 160 acres of land in this valley by Seminole Springs and because of his prominence in the area locals referred to the mountain by the name mentioned above. Sadly, this was the official name on all the maps until Paul Culberg and Nick Noxon campaigned for two years to change the name to honor John Ballard.

The event will bring together members of the Ballard family and members of the AME Church to celebrate this important name change, and to provide information about the Santa Monica Mountains Fund.

Click HERE for a map of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Questions? Contact (805) 370-2341 or email us at Staff@SAMOFund.org

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