The Guinda general store was built in 1891 and still serves the town of 274 inhabitants. Guinda was once a refuge for freed slaves and is one of California's oldest African-American communities. In this Capay Valley town on Highway 16, African American pioneers homesteaded thousands of acres of land. They built a multi-cultural school and sent their children to UC Berkeley and other universities.
My dad, George Ramsey, knew all about Guinda's history and told us that his dad, my grandad, attended the one-room schoolhouse in nearby Brooks. Sam and some other boys would run alongside the Model T school bus because they could go faster than it could!