The Bridges that Carried Us Over Collection

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Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

3-12-2021

Abstract

Denise and Richard Diggs discuss their experiences growing up in San Bernardino, on the westside and mostly in the east near Valley Truck Farms. They share the story of the Collins family which moved from Imperial Valley to Redlands, their grandfather Jerome Collins who owned and rented out small homes in Redlands and was an early Black real estate agent in the area, and their mother Natalie Collins Diggs who grew up in Redlands in the 1930s and became the first Black teacher in Rialto. They share early memories of schooling and playing near Norton Airforce base, and discuss their experiences working in law enforcement and experiences confronting bias in policing and their perspectives on how racism has evolved over the years.

Comments

Interview conducted by Makaley Montano (University of Redlands & NextGen United) and Kendall Green (NextGen United).

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