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Mapping Our Progress Towards Cultural Equity: July-September 2021

In 2021, San Francisco Heritage committed to boost cultural equity within our preservation work. We are revising our activities and programs to meet this responsibility, and installing a framework to measure success and accountability. This equity report card helps us monitor our progress.

For a look at our ongoing activities, visit sfheritage.org/equity. If you would like to offer your ideas or comments on our work, reach out to Kerri Young at kyoung@sfheritage.org.

Below are some highlights of our progress over the past quarter:

  • After an April presentation by the American Indian Cultural District’s (AICD) Sharaya Souza and Gregg Castro in April 2021, the Heritage board reviewed and passed a resolution in June formally adopting a Ramaytush Ohlone land acknowledgement and a commitment to working meaningfully with the Native American community. Excerpted here, the full acknowledgement is posted at sfheritage.org:

We acknowledge that San Francisco Heritage stands on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone, the original inhabitants of the San Francisco peninsula and an integral and active community in the Bay Area and beyond. Heritage affirms their sovereign rights as First Peoples and pays our respects to the ancestors, elders and relatives of the Ramaytush Community. We are grateful to work with the American Indian Cultural District, who are leading efforts to preserve and share American Indian cultural heritage here in San Francisco, and we join with them to honor these ancestral grounds that we are gathered upon and to support the resilience and strength of all indigenous people.

  • Began work with AICD on a series of monthly posts spotlighting American Indian legacy businesses within the district.
  • Together with supervisor Connie Chan, Heritage is leading a broad coalition advocating for landmark designation for Lincoln Park. The grounds include the Kong Chow funerary monument, a remnant of a sprawling burial ground used by San Francisco’s 19th-century Chinese community.
  • Actively supported the successful landmarking of the Lyon-Martin House, the first city landmark specifically honoring lesbian history.
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