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Louden (London) Nelson

 
 
Louden (London) Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
1. Louden (London) Nelson Marker
Inscription. Born a slave May 5, 1800 on a North Carolina plantation, Louden (London) Nelson worked the cotton fields until his master, Matthew Nelson brought him to the 1849 California Gold Rush. After securing his freedom, he arrived in Santa Cruz in 1856. Nelson worked as a cobbler. He also rented a small plot where he grew and sold produce. Nelson purchased land near the corner of River and Front Streets where he enjoyed hearing children at play at the school on nearby Mission Hill.
The school was shut down soon after for lack of funds. 50 years of hard work took itsí toll and he fell ill with consumption. Friends helped the illiterate Nelson prepare his will, bequeathing his entire estate “unto Santa Cruz School District forever for the purpose of promoting the interest of education”. Louden (London) Nelson died May 17, 1860. He was buried here at Evergreen Cemetery among the honored pioneers of Santa Cruz County. His understanding of the important role education plays in this community will live forever in the happy sounds and hearts of Santa Cruz school children.
 
Erected 2006 by E Clampus Vitus, El Viceroy Marquez de Branciforte Chapter 1797.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location.
Louden (London) Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
2. Louden (London) Nelson Marker
36° 58.837′ N, 122° 2.079′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can be reached from Evergreen Street. Click for map. This marker is located at the Evergreen Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 261 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grave of Grove C. Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Amney Case (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); California Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Isaac Graham: “Swashbuckling Soldier of Fortune (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arthur A. Taylor (about 300 feet away); Lady of the Night (about 500 feet away); Colonial Revival Style (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Chinese Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
3. Chinese Burial Ground
Located near the Louden (London) Nelson grave site.
Chinese Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
4. Chinese Burial Ground
Chinese Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
5. Chinese Burial Ground
Feb. 1, 1901
 
 
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