Celebrate San Diego: Black History And Heritage
San Diego History Center launches new exhibit online and on social media
Monday, February 1, 2021
Credit: Courtesy of San Diego History Center
Gathering local history is an ongoing process for the San Diego History Center. As it launches its Celebrate San Diego: Black History and Heritage, it is proud of all the amazing photos, artifacts and ephemera it has collected about African Americans living in the city and county. But it also realizes it has gaps in that history. So the center is urging people to help fill those gaps, said marketing manager Shelby Gordon.
"There are some glaring omissions here and we said, 'what a great idea then to go to the community so that they can insert their memories, their reflections, their milestones, their photographs, their art to be inserted into our virtual timeline,'" Gordon said.
"Because so many of us have been influenced by a teacher or a leader or a role model or a mentor who helped us. So we wanted to offer that opportunity to the community to nominate heroes, not necessarily the Black leaders that we see on the news every day, but heroes who have really helped instill values and goals in families, kids of all ages who have then turned around and mentored other generations and who continue to help this community really thrive and strive," Gordon said.
The center is excited to see what people might bring them, but it’s also eager to share some of its own treasures online and social media.
"Starting (Monday), Feb. 1st will be our 28 days of Black San Diego history social media promotion. And each day, yes, each day during February, we will be featuring and highlighting a moment, a person, an event, an occasion, an organization, an entity that has been vital in the history of Black San Diego," Gordon said.
A virtual timeline gathering all these materials can be found on the San Diego History Center website. They will also be displayed at the museum in Balboa Park in a 24-foot wide feature, just in case the center can open again to the public.
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