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Charles Sagar, N-town, and a little known piece of black history in Prince George

WARNING: Some readers might find the language offensive

For the final day of black history month, Daybreak shares a little-known story in Prince George. In 1921, Prince George's city council told police to crack down on crime, urging them to focus specifically on the black community.

In doing so, they used a racist term, drawing the umbrage of Charles Sagar. Sagar was an African-American who had been a pioneer in the theater community of Chicago before coming north to make his fortune. He was working as a barber when he heard about council's targeting of the black community, and in response he wrote a letter to the editor arguing against that sort of racial language.

Listen to the full story of Charles Sagar below:

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  • "Pekin Rag", composed by Joe Jordan, performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
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The letter is posted below. Again, this is a historic record and contains language some readers may find offensive.

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