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Black Springs, Washoe County, NV

The subtitle of her book is “A Chronological History of a Black Community in Northern Nevada.”  This is a treasure trove of information about the only community where racial minorities could buy property in the 1950s in the Reno area. Many of bookthese families were building the homes and businesses in areas they could not live in because of neighborhood restrictions.

The book is compiled from boxes of documents Townsell- Parker found that her grandparents, Ollie and Helen Westbrook, had saved. Where many people toss old papers, she recognized the historical significance of the materials and began to get partners in her goal to make them available.  The collection is now housed at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno.

This book is available in Reno at Sundance Bookstore and the NHS gift shop; and on the web at Amazon, in print and for Kindle.  You may also call the author at 775-851-0142 at the Westbrook Foundation.

For another look at life at Black Springs see the Our Story, Inc. website posting: Black Springs, Nevada—A Study in Perseverance. http://ourstoryinc.com/did-you-know-2/oral-history/black-springs-a-study-in-perseverance/

There is also a nice story about Helen Townsell-Parker on that site.

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Directions to Black Springs
From Reno/Sparks, take U.S. 395 north to the Lemmon Valley exit, turn left.  Go to North Virginia Street, turn right.  Proceed to Kennedy Drive, turn right.



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