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Pinkney House exhibit at Kern County Museum honors historic Black family

Posted at 11:38 PM, Jun 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 03:02:34-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — 812 H Street in downtown Bakersfield is now a simple parking lot, but in the late 1800s and early 1900s it was the place that William and Amanda Pinkney—the first African American family in Bakersfield—called home.

Although the Pinkney’s house no longer stands at its previous address, it has found a new home at the Kern County Museum. It was donated to the museum by the Pinkneys daughter, Hynda, in June of 1964, making 2019 its 55-year anniversary.

In 2016 the Bakersfield chapter of The Links, Incorporated decided to show the Pinkney House a little love by donating $10,000 for its renovation.

The House can be visited at the Kern County Museum on Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.