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Fronterizos’ Captures South Bay History Through Family Stories

'Fronterizos' Captures South Bay History Through Family Stories

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Barbara Zaragoza, curator, “Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish-Speaking People of the South Bay”

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Photo credit: Chula Vista Heritage Museum

A poster for "Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish-Speaking People of the South Bay," an exhibit at the Chula Vista Public Library.

Writer Barbara Zaragoza has written extensively about San Ysidro and San Diego's South Bay. But the region’s Hispanic families are often left out of those narratives.

“This history has never been told,” Zaragoza said. “The first thing that people get taken away from them in an underserved community is their art and also their history.”

Zaragoza spent the past few years interviewing dozens of South Bay residents, finding some could trace their families back eight generations to the 1700s, when the Spanish Portolá expedition landed in San Diego. She curated a new exhibit at the Chula Vista Public Library, which includes 50 oral histories. It’s called “Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish-Speaking People of the South Bay.”

Zaragoza joins KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday with more on her research.

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