Change the name of Black John Slough.

Change the name of Black John Slough.

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Michael Warner started this petition to US Board of Geographic Names

This petition is to change the name given to the Slough (waterway) just north of Rush Creek and Basalt Creek in Novato, Ca.

The Slough’s current name is Black John Slough, which was assigned to the waterway because of local resident John Henry Pinkston 

John Henry Pinkston was an American citizen of African - Caribbean descent who was born around1820 In the West Indies, a British Colony at the time. Slavery was abolished in the colony in 1833, and most likely was part of that system. According to Pinkston's obituary he moved to the area that would become Marin County around 1844. 

Pinkston became a mediator between Native Americans living In the area and Mexican / American settlers. He also received one of the first county business licenses in 1850. Pinkston married Mary A. Ynitia, daughter of Rancho Olompali owner and leader of the Olompali people, Camilo Ynitia. In 1853 Pinkston was granted 20 acres of Rancho Olompali (now near the intersection of Redwood Blvd and Buck Center Drive). Pinkston passed away in 1872 at the age of approximately 52 due to natural causes. 


The slang name Black John came into common use for the Waterway approximately around the early 1880s appearing on local maps. 

This petition seeks to show support for changing the name of Black John Slough to Pinkston Slough to more appropriately honor this mans memory / contribution to this community, and erase the value of tying ones worth to the color of their skin. 

This petition will be submitted in addition to a request to change the name to the US Commission for Geographic Names.

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