When asked if he’s comfortable being known as the official historian of Black San Francisco, John Templeton laughed, “I couldn’t hide from it if I wanted to at this point.”

Compiling the four-volume history, Our Roots Run Deep: The Black Experience in California (which includes old newspaper clippings and valuable census data that could help with searches for local ancestry), is just a fraction of the work Templeton has contributed to the fabric of San Francisco life as a curator, archivist and general enthusiast of The City.

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