‘Mapping Black History in Redlands’ will be Redlands Area Historical Society program topic – San Bernardino Sun

Jennifer Tilton, associate professor of race and ethnic studies at the University of Redlands, will present “Mapping Black History in Redlands” when the Redlands Area Historical Society meets 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at the Contemporary Club and online via Zoom.

There is no charge to attend the program.

In her presentation, Tilton share stories, maps and photos of the Black community history in Redlands from 1910 through the mid-1960s.

University of Redlands students have been drawing on newly collected oral histories and photos, creating StoryMaps using ESRI’s software programs. This historic Black community centered around the Second Baptist Church of Redlands, and the ESRI StoryMaps help in understanding how histories of housing and employment discrimination have shaped the development of the city of Redlands, according to a news release.

Tilton will share this work in progress and invite people in the community to share their stories and memories that can help tell a more diverse and inclusive history of the region. Census data was used to plot the locations of Black community since 1910.

Tilton works in collaboration with the Bridges That Carried Us Over Project: Documenting Black History in the Inland Empire, an archive founded by Wilmer Amina Carter and Ratibu Jacocks and housed at Cal State San Bernardino. Stories and photos collected are being shared at csusb.edu/special-collections/projects/bridges-carried-us-over-project and on Facebook and Instagram at @IEBlackHistory.

Tilton received her doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Michigan in anthropology and American culture. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Princeton University.

Her book “Dangerous or Endangered: Race and the Politics of Youth in Urban America” was published in 2010..

The Contemporary Club is at 173 S. Eureka St., Redlands. To attend the on Zoom, go to us02web.zoom.us/j/85738894873.

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