1968 photo - fair use 2

Barney E. Hilburn (c.1909 – 1990) was the first black man to elected to city-wide office in Oakland. He was elected to the Board of Education from School District 3 on April 21st, 1959.1 He was considered influential in the hiring of Marcus Foster, Oakland Unified School District's first black superintendent. Hilburn passed away in 1990 at age 81.2

Links and References

  1. "Berkley Gets to Run-Off in Oakland." Los Angeles Tribune May 1, 1959
  2. Obituary for Barney Hilburn San Francisco Examiner September 25, 1990
  3. Oakland Buildings Not Renamed -- Yet SFGate.com September 18, 1997