The Flood family was one of the earliest and most prominent African American families to settle in Oakland, California. The
Flood Family Papers includes 18 photographs, Lydia Flood Jackson’s funeral program, and two letters written by Lydia Flood
Jackson to Ruth Lasartemay.
The Flood family was one of the earliest and most prominent African American families to settle in Oakland, California. After
purchasing his freedom, Isaac Flood (1816-1892) moved to California in following the Gold Rush, settling in Oakland in 1853.
He worked as a laborer and tradesman and married Elizabeth Thorn Scott (1828-1867) in 1855, a school teacher from Sacramento
who started the first public school for African American students in the state. In 1857, Elizabeth opened a private school
in the Flood home for African American students, which was moved to the African Methodist Church in 1863 and operated for
three years before closing in 1866. The couple had two children, George Francis Flood, who was born in 1857 and was thought
to be the first African American born in Oakland, California, and Lydia Flood (1862-1963).
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Permission to publish from the Flood Family Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.