Manifesting Destiny is a work in progress by photographer Tony Gleaton. It is a historical examination of African-descended people in the greater Trans-Mississippi West, and an attempt to counter the notion that Africans in North America, both enslaved and free, owe their historical beginnings and foothold on this continent solely to the settlements along the eastern seaboard of the United States. In this article, Gleaton chronicles the interactions, failures, accomplishments, and misdeeds of people who were part of the African diaspora in California. Through photographs and accompanying text he identifies the locations of particular events and explains what transpired there.

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