Riverside civil rights site tour scheduled for April 9 – Press Enterprise

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Residents will soon be able to take a self-guided tour in their car of significant sites in Riverside’s civil rights history.

“In/VISIBLE, Un/HEARD: Riverside’s Civil Rights Stories” is slated for Saturday, April 9.

The Harada House in downtown Riverside is a stop on an upcoming tour of important civil rights sites in the city. (File photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The free tour will begin at the Harada House at 10 a.m. and continue to Trujillo Adobe Missionary Baptist Church and Park Avenue before ending at the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties at around 1 p.m., a statement from city ​​press.

Tour participants will hear dramatic readings of historic WWII letters, attend a 19th century wedding, listen to a conversation about school desegregation in Riverside in the late 1960s, and celebrate local black history, says the press release.

“The project focuses on the journey from invisibility to visibility for those who have experienced racism and other forms of discrimination,” the statement read.

Organizations working on the project include the Riverside Museum, the Spanish City Heritage Foundation, the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties, Empower You Edutainment and the Inlandia Institute.

Tour reservations can be made and a map and itinerary downloaded online here.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, reservations may be required for other programs in the In/VISIBLE, Un/HEARD series, which are scheduled through the fall by many organizations.

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