Recounting the saga of Ballard Mountain

LEGACY—Above, descendants of John Ballard, right, with government officials and community activists as they mark the changing of the name of Ballard Mountain, shown behind them, eight years ago. Acorn file photo

A local couple will welcome guests to their mountain home on Feb. 11 as part of Black History Month to celebrate the life and times of John Ballard, a former slave who settled in the Santa Monicas in the 1880s and made his mark on history in more ways than one.

In 2009, Paul and Le...

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