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Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

William Byron Rumford (February 2, 1908 - June 12, 1986)

 
 
William Byron Rumford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 1, 2020
1. William Byron Rumford Marker
Inscription.  William Byron Rumford was a phamacist who worked on this very block. In 1948 he was elected to the California State Assembly becoming the first African American elected to any public office in Northern California. He took the lead in passing California's major civil rights Acts including the 1959 Fair Employment Practices Act and the 1963 Rumford Fair Housing Act which then became models for national civil rights legislation. He has been referred to as the Jackie Robinson of politics.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
 
Location. 37° 51.238′ N, 122° 16.737′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Sacramento Street and Julia Street, on the right when traveling north on Sacramento Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burl Toler, Sr. (here, next to this marker); Rumford's Pharmacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Reid's Records (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frances Albrier (approx. ¼ mile away); Longfellow School (approx. 0.3 miles away); South Berkeley Bank (approx. half a mile away); Historic "Lorin District"
William Byron Rumford (February 2, 1908 - June 12, 1986) Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 1, 2020
2. William Byron Rumford (February 2, 1908 - June 12, 1986) Marker - wide view
Bother the Toler (left) and Rumford (right) markers are visible here.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Lorin Theater (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
William Byron Rumford Statue (located in the median, across the street from the marker) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 1, 2020
3. William Byron Rumford Statue (located in the median, across the street from the marker)
William Byron Rumford Clinic image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 1, 2020
4. William Byron Rumford Clinic
Formerly his pharmacy, directly across the street from the marker is the clinic named after him.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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Mar. 1, 2021