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Ernest Lowe: Black Migrants to the Central Valley, 1960-1964


January 9, 2019


Immediately following World War II, more than 30,000 Black sharecroppers migrated to California's Central Valley. Coming from places like Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi, these migrants looked to escape the oppression of new-slavery tenant farming and the Jim Crow south. These migrants established their communities in the shadows of the giant farms of the Central Valley, but soon found themselves without work as industrial agriculture took root, and mechanization further decimated the number of available jobs. Some migrants migrated again to the coastal cities in search of new opportunities, but others remained. In the early 1960s, photographer Ernest Lowe visited the Central Valley towns of Pixley and Dos Palos.

Workshops for Staff: Leveraging Library Resources


December 18, 2018


Short (25 minutes) workshops are available the week of January 14th for staff. These sessions are intended to increase familiarity with library resources and services for staff’s professional and personal use. Each workshop is offered at least twice. RSVPs are appreciated.

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