African Americans in Citrus

African American Citrus Community Leaders Short Film

Black residents in the Inland Empire were instrumental in the early history of citrus, helping bud and propagate the famed Washington navel oranges that Riverside became known for, owning citrus groves in San Bernardino, and forming tight-knit communities throughout the region. In this short video, Dr. Megan Suster shares her research and work with local organizations, including Frank Taylor of 1900 in Black, to uplift the stories of Black industry, entrepreneurship, and community building.

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