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It took years for work crews to tunnel through the edges of the 2,031-foot peak that stands between Malibu and Agoura. It took a century for authorities to dig their way out from under the shame that came with the mountain, however.
But another work crew will soon erect a bronze plaque that changes the name of "Negrohead Mountain" to "Ballard Mountain" in honor of a black man who was a pioneering homesteader in the Santa Monica Mountains. John Ballard was a former slave who ran a delivery service and was a co-founder of Los Angeles' first African Methodist Episcopal Church, but the city's rising property values and its class structure forced him to move his family 50 miles out into the mountains in the 1880s.