There are a number of things people don’t know about Tucson.

  1. Esteban, the first recorded African explorer in North America came through what is now Tucson in about 1538. Esteban Park in the historical Dunbar-Springs neighborhood, named after famed poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, is the only monument to him in the nation although he is now memorialized in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
  2. Tucson was founded August 20, 1775.
  3. 7 of the 15 founders were Afro-Mexicans from Culiacan, Mexico.
  4. Tucson is 3 hours from the ocean.

Like many Black Arizonans, my grandparents migrated from Texas during the Depression. Family legend has it that they were on their way to California but my grandfather took a sudden liking to Tucson so decided to stay – my grandmother never forgave him even after death.

Arizona schools were segregated in 1913 despite the fact children of all races had been attending school together since the formation of the territory. My late father was a native Tucsonan who attended segregated Paul Laurence Dunbar School and played at Esteban Park as a child. When he wasn’t working on the family ranch, Dad and his friends loved to swim at the public pool in Santa Rita Park. Black children were only permitted to swim one day a week however and that was the day before the pool was to be drained and cleaned.

As an adult, Dad used to go on regular fishing trips to Guaymas with his buddy Mr. Summers. They rarely caught anything but he would always bring home the sweet jumbo shrimp some professional fishermen wrangled. Sadly, I don’t see shrimp that large anymore, but I make do with any wild caught sighted. Fried fish is a summertime treat of the African Heritage Diet. I combined two joyful childhood memories to create the easily achieved Guaymas Shrimp.

Camarones Fritos or Fried Shrimp

24 Medium Shrimp, Peeled and De-veined

1 Cup Organic Flour

1 1/2 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Seasoning

2 Eggs

Real Salt

3 Tablespoons Organic Avocado Oil

Heat oil in a large frying pan to medium heat. Thaw shrimp to room temperature, pat dry with a paper towel. Salt shrimp on both sides. Combine flour and seasoning. Beat eggs in a bowl. Dip shrimp into the flour, then egg, then flour again. Cook shrimp approximately 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. !Buen provecho!

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Happy Juneteenth to the descendants of Black Texans! Check out all the talented Juneteeth Cookout chefs below:

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Black Girls Who Brunch | Brown Butter Sweet Potato Cake   

Brazilian Kitchen Abroad | Brazilian Collard Greens with Bacon    

Britney Breaks Bread    | Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sour Cream and Honey Sauce    

Brownbelle | Watermelon Hibiscus Whiskey Smash   

Butter Be Ready | Chicken and Waffles   

Chef and Steward | Watermelon and Feta Salad   

Chef Curl Ardee | Honey and Butter Cornbread   

Chenée Today | Lemon Icebox Pie   

Christy Irene | Crawfish Etoufee    

Collards Are The Old Kale | Guaymas Shrimp   

Confessions of a clean foodie | Mint Peach Spritzer    

Cooking to a T    Jamaican | Beef Patties   

Cooks with Soul | BBQ in Jar   

Dash of Jazz | Golden Pineapple Pound Cake   

Dish It With Tisha | Honey Jerk Shrimp   

DMR Fine Foods | Blackberry Ginger Soda   

Dom N’ The City | Pound Cake   

Domestic Dee | Easy Berry Fruit Salad   

Dude That Cookz | Cajun White Beans   

Erique Berry Co | Three Green Summer Salad   

Ethically Living | Vegan Jackfruit Jamaican Patties   

Food Fidelity | Nigerian Beef Suya Skewers

Food Is Love Made Edible | Smothered Okra with Chicken & Sausage   

FoodLoveTog | Braised Cabbage & Johnny cakes    

Forks and Straws | Cassava Corn Waffles with Shrimp Creole   

Geo’s Table | Curried Potato Salad   

Gristle & Gossip | Sweet Potato Honey Cornbread Cake    

Heal Me Delicious | Trinidadian Callaloo   

Immaculate Ruému | Chin-Chin   

Jamieson Diaries | Crockpot Smoked Red Beans   

Kenneth Temple | Red Velvet Biscuit with BBQ Brisket    

Kenya Rae | Pork free baked beans   

Lenox Bakery | Sweet Potato Cheesecake    

Maple Points | Peas & Rice – Guyanese Style   

Marisa Moore Nutrition | Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Meiko and the Dish | Strawberry Cornbread Skillet Cobbler   

Murielle Banackissa | Vegan Saka Saka (Congolese Cassava Leaf & Spinach Stew)   

My Fabulous Food | Black eye peas with smoked turkey    

Nik Snacks | Easy BBQ Pork Ribs   

On Ty’s Plate | Watermelon Limeade   

Open Invitation Entertainment | Coconut Collard Greens   

Orchids + Sweet Tea | The Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese

Our Perfect Palette | Jollof Rice

Peaches 2 Peaches | Vanilla Cake With Caramel Poached Pears   

Pink Owl Kitchen | Strawberry Buttermilk Biscuits   

Razzle Dazzle Life | Southern Peach Cobbler   

Rosalynn Daniels | Southern Tomato Pie   

Savor and Sage | Black-Eyed Pea Salad   

Savory Thoughts | Jus Citron (Haitian Lemonade)   

Seasoned To Taste | Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs   

Sense & Edibility | Blackberry Cobbler   

Simply LaKita | Candied Yams   

Slice & Torte | Fried Softshell Crab   

Slight Kitchen Werk | Roasted Sweet Potato Salad   

Sweet & Sorrel | Baked Jerk Chicken   

Sweet Savant | Black Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato Salad   

That Green Lyfe | Vegan Red Red Stew (Spicy Ghanaian Black-Eyed Peas) and Plantain   

The Dana Renee Way | Sweet Potato Cornbread   

The Hangry Woman | Jamaican Jerk Wings   

The Hungry Hutch | Southern-Style Sweet Tea   

The Kitchenista Diaries | Grilled Lemon Pepper Wings   

The Vgn Way | Juneteenth Hibiscus Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream    

This Worthey Life | Strawberry Soda   

This African Cooks | Ghanaian kebabs Whole30 style    

Vegan With Curves | Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea Sweet Potato Soup   

Whisk it Real Gud | Southern Sweet Potato Pie   

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN LIST

Beautiful Eats & Things | Spiced Grilled Peaches

Brownbelle | Watermelon Hibiscus Whiskey Smash   

Chenée Today | Lemon Icebox Pie   

Dash of Jazz | Golden Pineapple Pound Cake

DMR Fine Foods | Blackberry Ginger Soda   

Erique Berry Co | Three Green Summer Salad   

Ethically Living | Vegan Jackfruit Jamaican Patties   

FoodLoveTog | Braised Cabbage & Johnny cakes    

Gristle & Gossip | Sweet Potato Honey Cornbread Cake

Maple Points | Peas & Rice – Guyanese Style   

Marisa Moore Nutrition | Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Meiko and the Dish | Strawberry Cornbread Skillet Cobbler   

Murielle Banackissa | Vegan Saka Saka (Congolese Cassava Leaf & Spinach Stew)

Open Invitation Entertainment | Coconut Collard Greens   

Orchids + Sweet Tea | The Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese

Our Perfect Palette | Jollof Rice

Pink Owl Kitchen | Strawberry Buttermilk Biscuits

Savor and Sage | Black-Eyed Pea Salad   

Sweet Savant | Black Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato Salad

That Green Lyfe | Vegan Red Red Stew (Spicy Ghanaian Black-Eyed Peas) and Plantain   

The Dana Renee Way | Sweet Potato Cornbread

The Vgn Way | Juneteenth Hibiscus Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream

Vegan With Curves | Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea Sweet Potato Soup

Whisk it Real Gud | Southern Sweet Potato Pie   

VEGAN LIST

Beautiful Eats & Things | Spiced Grilled Peaches

Ethically Living | Vegan Jackfruit Jamaican Patties   

FoodLoveTog | Braised Cabbage & Johnny cakes    

Gristle & Gossip | Sweet Potato Honey Cornbread Cake

Maple Points | Peas & Rice – Guyanese Style   

Marisa Moore Nutrition | Fresh Peach Iced Tea

Murielle Banackissa | Vegan Saka Saka (Congolese Cassava Leaf & Spinach Stew)

Open Invitation Entertainment | Coconut Collard Greens   

Orchids + Sweet Tea | The Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese

Savor and Sage | Black-Eyed Pea Salad   

That Green Lyfe | Vegan Red Red Stew (Spicy Ghanaian Black-Eyed Peas) and Plantain   

The Vgn Way | Juneteenth Hibiscus Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream

Vegan With Curves | Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea Sweet Potato Soup

Gluten-free, Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 LIST

A Girl Called Adri | Blackened Catfish   

Chef and Steward | Watermelon and Feta Salad   

Collards Are The Old Kale | Guaymas Shrimp   

Confessions of a clean foodie | Mint Peach Spritzer    

Heal Me Delicious | Trinidadian Callaloo   

Sweet & Sorrel | Baked Jerk Chicken   

The Hangry Woman | Jamaican Jerk Wings   

This African Cooks | Ghanaian kebabs Whole30 style    

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