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Bridges That Carried Us Over

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The Bridges That Carried Us Over: Archiving the African American Experience in the Inland Empire, California

 

The Bridges That Carried Us Over is an ambitious project whose primary goal is to preserve African American history and culture in the Inland Empire, California.

 

The project has three objectives: to increase the awareness of stakeholders in the community about the importance of historical preservation; to engage these stakeholders in the process of preserving the information we collect, and to give the public access to the shared information across several digital platforms.

 

In order to complete our mission, Creative Business Services, Inc. will conduct and preserve oral history interviews, and will make these narratives accessible online. Further, supporting photographs and artifacts will be digitized and disseminated online along with archives related blog posts that seek to tell the story of the Inland Empire through collected resources.

THE BRIDGES THAT CARRIED US OVER: ONLINE ARCHIVE

 

The Online Archive is a digitized collection of oral histories, photos and artifacts, and video productions that highlight individual African Americans and community-based organizations in the Inland Empire. We also feature an archives blog showcasing articles about notable people and historical events in the Inland Empire and beyond.
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ORAL HISTORIES

A collection of interviews conducted with noted community members and representatives of community-based organizations. Experience Inland Empire history as told by those who lived it.

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VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

 

Videos created to highlight notable African Americans and their contributions to Inland Empire communities.
African American Places and Spaces in the Inland Empire was developed by William Ratibu Jacocks and his wife, former California Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter, at the request of the Prince Hall Masons No. 17 of San Bernardino. The original video featured two Martin Luther King, Jr. statues and a handful of streets and buildings named for African Americans. After the first production, Ratibu thought, “Why not do this as a bigger project?” More sites were located and added to this growing project. While the original focused mostly on San Bernardino sites, the 3rd edition includes locations in Riverside County.
Jack Hill, a war veteran, owned and operated a successful catering business, started the first African American Boy Scout Troop in San Bernardino, and is the first African American president of the San Bernardino Area of Chamber of Commerce. He is an entrepreneur, a dedicated family man, hard-working community member and man of God.
The Jack Hill Lifelong Learning Center, located in San Bernardino’s Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, is named in his honor.

DIGITIZED COLLECTIONS

Learn about our community’s history through digitized documents,
photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera.
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Selections from The Lois Carson Collection: Les Jeunes Amies Scrapbook, 1958-1966
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Black Athletes Hall of Fame: Photo Albums, 1978-1986
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ARCHIVES BLOG: WE MAKE HISTORY EVERYDAY 

We Make History Everyday is an archives blog that sources collected newspaper articles, photographs, scrapbooks and ephemera to describe and discuss the history and contributions of African Americans in the Inland Empire and beyond. Source materials are derived from the Wilmer Amina Carter Collection, as well as donated and loaned materials from community members, news databases, and online resources.  All blog contributions are researched and prepared by Creative Business Services, Inc. staff, interns and volunteers.
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