Bridges Digital Archive: Audio and Video Recordings


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Clarence Butler talks about his childhood memories growing up in Redlands, the community dynamic during his adolescence, and important spaces that have contributed to the Black community. He tells specific stories about the center of Black community life around Second Baptist Street Church on Stuart, and how this community was displaced by redevelopment and moved to Lugonia Terrace in the 1950s. Clarence Butler recounts the many people and small businesses that have contributed to his upbringing in Redlands, his high school extracurriculars and family dynamic, and provides important advice for youth.


Interview conducted by Julia Mayhew and Bishop Jackie Green.