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Henry Hook describes his experiences in the Air Force, as well as his time as a photographer in the Inland Empire. He shares memories of westside San Bernardino in the 1940s, including early leaders like W.S. Johnson and the development of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge #17. He tells stories about his photography work for Congressman George Brown, and local newspapers, and describes some of the people and institutions in some of his iconic photographs from the 1940s and 50s. He talks about his 70-year fellowship with New Hope Baptist Church, post 710, and the leadership of the NAACP, as well as the effects of the closure of Norton Airforce Base on the city of San Bernardino.


Interview conducted by Hailey McKenzie (University of Redlands) and Romaine Washington (Poet, Educator and Member of Inlandia).