Judy Baca and her team assembled a workshop where they asked
Richmond residents to describe their memories of Richmond. This is a
transcript of their words.
Judy Baca and her team assembled a workshop where they asked
Richmond residents to describe their memories of Richmond. This is a
transcript of their words.
I remember Richmond having it’s own downtown area. It
primarily occupied the stretch of Mac Donald Avenue from San Pablo Ave to 4th
Street. Business such as Macy’s,
Capwells. There were drugstores, doctor’s offices, lawyer’s offices, streetcars,
When my grandfather who was a farmer died, my grandmother
and me had to switch places. They
sold their orchards in San Juan Bautista and moved to San Francisco. There my grandmother started the first
music school run by a woman. My grandfather kept the books and helped raise
their 4 children. They had three
pianos in their house and music all the time.
I remember my grandmother showing me how to nurture plants
and make them grow. She told me the just need the earth, water, sunshine and
love. She could make anything
grow. If a plant looked near dead,
she’d say, “Just do like I showed you and give it a chance. It will grow.”
Roosevelt Jr. High School
I had to walk 3 miles to and from Jr. High school. I was out
of my neighborhood. Once I walked
past Barrett Ave the racial remarks started. The Richmond Police Dept had an
officer who rode a motorcycle. He joined in the racial slurs towards us. Jr.
High school students. The
curriculum was great and my teachers were helpful to my education. Again, the
diversity Italian, Mexican, Black was present. My best friend Sandra Derushia
moved away to San Francisco. I
surely missed her. We would meet
at 7th and Pennsylvania to walk to school together. Often times
Sandra and I would exchange our lunch box. She had luncheon meat sandwich and I had mayonnaise and
I came to Richmond at the age of 4 in 1942 with my mother
and 5 sisters, one brother.
Peres Elementary School
Joseph Marlborough, my dad, and I attended and graduated
from Peres Elementary School. I remember the diversity of that elementary
school. I had to walk to and from school (one mile) each day. But, during the winter months a big
yellow bus would pick us up in front of our house to go to school. After school, it would take us home. I
remember the dedication from all my elementary school teachers to my education.
Richmond Union High School
I walked to and from High School (5 miles). We could not afford bus fare (12cents)
one way. Once I arrived at the 13th
streets (Rumrill Street) the racial remarks began. I was subjected to being called a Niger from small children
as young as three years old. The
high school curriculum was accommodating. I almost failed in my career classes.
I felt intimidated by the career teacher. She would bring job market information to the class as a whole, but
frequently commented “this position is for white only.” Most of the positions where from the
major banking companies, etc, Bank of America. College preparatory classes were not encouraged for African
Americans. Upon graduation from high school I applied from employment and
became successful. 510.233.2466
284 Vernon Ave, Richmond CA, 7 blocks away, head west over
Mom and Dad worked in shipyards. Vera’s Grocery no longer
there (find it)
Fred’s Place on Grove Street Gone (find it)
Marlborough Boarding male dad would work. Grandma did
cooking at Boarding house to bring family.
Chevron employees came to Mini Lu’s Redlight to drugs. Spirit of Mini Lu’s, Church was sevoy.
Spirit and the music – big part of the history. 100,000 people lost jobs day war
ended. Moves south side. Coming up
– North Richmond Red Lined.
80’s John T Knox freeway
diminished homes, Displaces over a
hundred families. Citizen action league evon. Potbelly stome GM – prepare soup
grew farms made soup from farms. The smell pigs, chickens.
The mixture of humanity.
Share cropping/ migrant farm working
Civil Rights/ Immigrant Rights
I remember when no Richmond was mini mecca for
entertainment. It was the town
where Mini Lue’s was located and many musical bands came to entertain. Grove Street, Silver Ave and 5th
street was the same as 125th in Harlem; it was were the “happenings”
Before the war lots were $25 Beulah, Mother Harriet Bought
Willard Street, 1st street near the RR tracks. The church is still there at Willard
and 5th street. She
built the house church. She worked
at the shipyard my uncle thought price would go down after the war, but the
prices stayed high. My father didn’t let my mother buy property because he
thought the prices would go down, but it didn’t.
I remember riding out 3rd street to the area
where horses stables were located. I would park my vehicle and observe the
animals being fed as I drank in heavy doses of the wildest smell of the horses.
There was an issue with the crematorium. There was a total support from all
parts of the community. Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, and White came together to a
crushing defeat for the measure. That was unique.
Yugoslavians, Sicilians, Portuguese, Mexicans, and Negroes,
all from Circa. 1920’s living in North Richmond. Manual Labor, Factories,
Standard Oil industry based incomes. City garbage dump in Gertrude Street where re-cycles and industry was
created and north Richmond was used as the dumping place for all things to
dump. The war, WWII when our
oction (?) changed from a NY accent to a pronounced southern United States infliction. The war’s population explosion. Making
ave for the war. The clubs, gambling, vice and the all prevailing system or
capitalism with the wait poner structure as JT benefactor and leader. Wars end and the taken – back of the
many resources and promises. The influx of illicit drugs, the systems
explotation of this. Progress justified and measured in terms of waite gains
and growth inhuman and spiritual development.
I remember going to the carnivals at Nichol Park. My
grandmother who didn’t have a driver’s license or car would walk my cousins and
I from cutting and south 49th street to McDonalds ave. We always had to have com-dogs with
mustard and the pink candy corn. The swings were my favorite ride being so high above the ground in the wind, you could look
out over the park and city and see all the people. I just felt so happy and
My family came to Richmond from Greenride Mississippi and
Arkansas back in the 1940’s for work. Imagine at the time my great grandfather had heard there were jobs and
better opportunities. Both my mother and fathers side migrated to the west from
the south. Eventually both sides
of the family settled in Richmond and as fate would it, became next door
neighbors. My mom and Dad met because they lived right to each other.
My grandmother taught me that we can see God in nature. Through her eyes everything was not
only beautiful, but full of God. The colors, patterns, shapes and differences of texture – how could they
exist except at the hands of God?
What I remember about Richmond: Most the things occurred in
my teens. Relationships were closer with families
and friends. We were dependant on each other. We would go places
together, party together, play
together. A helping hand was
always extended to relatives and friends. Whatever their needs may be.
I did things with friends, I wouldn’t dare do now. Like rowing the bay
leaky boat. We would go out to the
water breakers to get military sea food. That had washed up on the
breakers. As we grew older, we drifted apart from our friends and
relatives. As we grew older.
I remember police brutality.
I also remember and have witnessed the revolving
I work in the fruit fields sisde by side with the migrants
My great-great grandmother came from new Orleans to
Carlifornia in a covered wagon. They settled in San Juan Bautista where they
became farmers. Their love of nature and the land was passed down to each
The history of Combs family that lived in North Richmond. We
came from Long View Texas. At the time there were 7 children in 1944. We came
from Texas on the train. I remember the soldiers were on the train they fee (?)
us all. Seven children we came to
live in North Richmond. But my mother joined McGothen temple first the singing
started with the combs family as the duet – 2 sisters Shirley and Zell Combs
much Saty we moved to North Richmond. Next door to Savary cub on the corner mother Combs got the calling from
God as foundry of Green Pasters church. 217 chesley ave, nor there was 10
children in the Rellinen. Out of
the 10 childeren there was history made. Started a church and picked up
children to come to the sewich. The church grew by scraps and bonds it still there a 217 chelsey ave
roth Richmond. 47 year Both mother and father Combs has gone on. There are 3
ministers, o happy day. Jerry
Combs was Deceased one month ago. He was with hair in the stage production. Jesus Christ superstar he was
with women brothers, he was a corageous
Far. Hew was call
to the minestry playa gutter.
The memories my parents always told me were that when they
met were that my father was the central American war that took place in
Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. My father was born in Nicaragua and my mother in Honduars in 1985. I
Carlos Adan Meza was born as my father immigrated to California to make
something better for his family so he came to San Pablo, California. He worked
for a motel called Gables Motel located in San Pablo. The motel was owned by
Arabic people who took him in and treated him as family. I remember my father
telling me he used to live under a path in San Pablo because he was saving his
money to bring his family to the United States of America to be close to him in
1989. My father had got his wish
to see his family come to live in the United States. We started to live in a trailer that the owners of the motel
gave my father. Because he now had
a family, we lived there for a couple of months then we moved to North Richmond
in 1990 because my father started to work for Chevron and wanted to live closer
to his work. We were one of the few non-colored families there in North
Richmond. I remember seeing chickens and farm animals in the people’s back
yards were the chickens used to always jump over our gate to our yard and my
parents used to always chase them away. Now my mother has chickens in her
yard. My mother started working at
a school named Verde Elementary School in a project called the Verde School
Garden Project were she helps build gardens and landscaping projects. Two of my youngest brothers work with
her. They are learning how to do
what she was taught to do. One of
my youngest brothers teacher’s both his children who are ages 3 and one and a
half, he teaches them how to plant, use tools and teach them what the plants
names are because my mother wants her grand children to know what their
grandmother knew what to do. Even though she didn’t know any English and only
spoke Spanish and her job was to be a farm worker. She has been working for
Verde Elementary almost ten years. I am now 24 years old who speaks both English and Spanish with a high
school diploma and a B/A in Computer Programming and I am teaching my mother
the stuff I know so she has other things to know. Because I really want her to just be now as a farm
worker. By her grand children I am
returning the help to my community of North Richmond because they helped me go
back to school to make me because something of my self and I am thankful that I
got the help.
Henry Stinson – memory 10/03/09
When I came here there was only 10-11 black families. North
Richmond was a (?) town all by beef. It had it’s own grocery store with
grain and feed. Rick Sanitary had 7 trucks, parking was
right behind Bobby Zillis house
over on Castro. Scotty station on
Sanford and 3rd. (?)
station, across the street was Dans Gas station owned by a black meal.
Got our first phone in 1950 we had to
have a business in order to have a telephone. We had Mr. Pippens
Garage shop. My family came in 1943or 44 from Texas. Got to trade a
list cause my father had
a trucking company and he hauled bricks from what’s now Brickyard
Cove. Uptown area what we used to call it over on McDonald. Every
Saturday evening up town to do
shopping. JC Penney’s. Tracellinis Furniture best store in town. We
had only one dentist in town on 4th
street and McDonald. Back then N.
Richmond grocery was like Safeway, a large supermarket.
It’s History – waves of change
Diversity of Landscape Mountains to flat land to shoreline
Faith based orgs – Involved in community healing – Downtown
buildings owned by churches known by churches they volunteered in. It’s arts, it’s music – performing
based musical backgrounds and many places to play. Oakland to North Richmond Rhythm and Blues – Richmond Civic
Auditorium. Talent shows. Richmond
Arts Center first in the nation – used as a model 1948 to 1950, 20 years before
– community initiated woman who blinked with art supplies.
People engaged outside outdoors relating to neighbors –
creating public space in front and backyards – an interest in their day
environment. Share space, exchange
building and installation of solar panels creek restoration –
control station. Undo this to
improve erosion problems landscapers giving hydrology education.
“Victory Gardens” Gardens at school tech to grown food
Berryland – Being led – educate youth – Richmond tails books. Pride
and Service learning projects Oil interests. City is pushing back the
oli industry High Astha rathes and high cancer
rates. Cold smell Chevron – Sirens
1st Wednesday at 11am settlement check from Chevron plume!
Paint was being eaten off the cars. Alerts only went our in
English. No phone tree more than one language. Chevron was not paying
taxes till last
year “this is what we owe you but never paid. The tax base
economically dependent in Chevron Pixar began in Richmond. Responsible
Home to me is a mix of the South and the sea. The sea is the lack of charge clarity –
lack of contact with the bay – feeling of being landlocked on the block – the
south is all of the ways and stories that would come flooding out if people had
an opportunity to make a comm.(?) share the internal selves due seem to keep
inside – like the barred windows and doors – some much life lived outside of
the public consciousness – my mom refused to ever have bars the house – we were
never broken in to.
I remember ridding my wildflower dirt bike through the field
on 5th street that the kids had turned into a makeshift BMX
course. I remember the blackberry
bushes lining the parts and the blackberry juice stains on my shirt and always
being my to make a blackberry pie. I remember all of the broken glass from 5th
bomes green, clear brown – shimmering in the course .
I remember never worrying about busted tires or falling down
in the glass. I remember riding
hard with the bys on our block through the field into the streets around the
block into the night. I rmember
all the moms eventually calling from the porches of us to come home. (we rode with 6 boys – 3 were killed in
the 1990’s on the block in drive by shootings)
I remember wandering down Ohio with my cousins after church
from Bra St. to Pat’s Papershack and buying picked pigs feet, pickles and
stuffing them with now ‘n’ laters – and sucking on chico sticks. *a picture of PAT has to be in this
I remember my 1st MLK national 2009 day of
service on the greenway 300 people volunteering to raise gardens where there
was once broken glass, concrete and abandoned railroad ties.
I remember my mom dancing at Pt. Pindle Regional Park for
the 4th North Richmond Shoreling festival and the tug of war – where
6 kids on either side of the rope and Mt. Tamalpas and the San Pablo Bay (?)
I remember packing 300 native plants in my little car Toyota
corolla clown car for a creek restoration project MLK Day 2008 in East Oakland
while the Chevron Sirens when off down thities celebration of MLK’s birth
I remember growing up and
looking at the mountain everyday from my bedroom window and never knowing until
I was 30 that I was looking at Mt. Dam
The most park space in California
Richmonds Immediate future is its Youth
I remember when I first moved to the Bay Area, Richmond was
an obscure town I knew very little about. The negative stereo types depicted this place as dangerous and dark
place. However, after working and
living here for the past five years I’ve grown to consider Richmond my home and
yet another key place where I have built friendships and made my own
contribution to building a brighter future for kids and families in
Richmond. I live and continue to
work in Richmond because it is a place with a rich and diverse history, and the
young people and families I work with inspire me to become an better person. I
remember May 1st when the immigrants rights marches took place in Richmond. It was an
exciting day and I remember seeing students and families from my school
chanting and marching. This is my home because I am a migrant in this
world. I move from city to city
and learn from my experiences and
interactions with others. 2006,
I remember walking home from school (Adams) with about 20 of
us everyday and getting into some kind of mischief every so often.
I remember the pro-immigrant rights march in May 2001 when
we filled the court yard of the civic center. It was beautiful.
I remember when Richmond passed a resolution in favor of
I remember my first house party. I was 13. I
danced with Allison. Someone shot
at the house, we all scattered. I think they were looking for Sharkey.
My barber is named Pierre, he is from Haiti. It’s an “all black shop.” When I first
went there I was like 15 they asked if I was lost. It’s like home now.
Richmond is home because the city embraced me. Black, white,
latino, rich or poor you were a Richmond resident, everyone was family.
I remember my first joint. We smoked it at Kellers Beach. I stole the joint from my parents closet.
I remember riding my bike to the RAC and asking if I could
take classes although I could not pay. They enrolled in a drawing class.
I remember working in SF and having a couple teachers from Richmond come to the
Precita Eyes mural center asking for an artist to come help put some color in
their school. This was 2003 since
I feel that there is more creativity here in Richmond. I see more public
I remember working with students on a mural project. One
particular student thanked the artist for helping her feel like she was in a
dream. All the children were super
excited to pain on their school.
I remember stories of folks talking about the emergency
horns ringing whenever the oil
plants has an accident. Yellow
skies and cancer prone people. Also how there are protests at the refinery.
I remember being in 7th grade and our school
district on the verge of bankruptcy and our kids still having to go through the
effects of it.
I remember meeting so many wonderful Richmond people while
organizing for the march for education and fast for education and then opening
up the making changes freedom school.
I remember hanging out at the hilltop mall as a teenager.
I remember marching down 23rd street in the rain
for the children’s march.
I remember going to the weddings and parties at Veteran’s
hall on 23rd street.
I remember having to go to the doctor because of the Chevron
I remember as a young woman of 24 looking for a place to
rent and responding to an ad listing a small house near the water. I was living in El Sombronte, had lived
in the Beverly flats and had walked an hour to the Berkley marine whenever
possible. I called and flatly said
I knew of no place in the East Bay where one ever lived close to the
water. I discovered Point Richmond
and have lived here 45 years.
I remember my first visit to City Hall as member of the Arts
and Culture Commission. I was welcomed by the mayor, met the Cm 8 staff and the
openers (?) of the experience. I remember feeling the “realness” of everyone.
People volunteered readily – worked to make the city better. I found people
where the heart of Richmond. It
was falling in love with a whole city.
As a young artist I was directed to the Richmond Art Center.
I found it a hub of artistic activity, made new friends and discovered
Kim, the ceramics instructor, and excitement working with city. As I
worked long hours I really only knew the RAC, the artists there
that became my new friends, and my immediate neighbors. That was
enough. We all valued the importance of community. I had monthly
Raku. Just bringing together my neighbors
with ceramic artists.
As a young RAC board member, I met Angel Salmi – the founder
of RAC. She became a mentor – her
belief in the power of art to bring people together took her into the
neighborhoods of Richmond – with a suitcase full of art supplies or the story
is told. She never (?) her work to
make the emergency (?) of art – at all levels – available to the people. She was responsible for including the
Richmond Art Center into the Civic Center – the K1 community Art Center in the
My mom was a “prayer warrior.” Wanda, mother, heard the cries of her native people
suffering from substance abuse, violence, alcoholism and lack of mental health
services, most of the ways. 2006
she was given a vision. That vision was to bring services to the Native
Americans here in Richmond, to help her people break the vicious cycles that
are destroying her people, and remember and be proud to be Native
American. Mother Wanda, begin her
walk, literally she did not drive, and used her telephone to bring awareness to
the underserved Native community in Richmond of services. Wanda was called home to be with our
lord in 2008. I, Courtney
continued her walk. Her vision is
now a reality, she recruited Janet King of Oakland Native American Health
Center to work with her. Oct. 16,
2009. The sister site of Oakland
and San Fransico Native American Health Center will open the Native Wellness Center of Richmond and the
facility will be dedicated in honor to her with a plaque and special cure
many. It all happened with one
I’m third generation of my family who lived here in Richmond
since 1940’s. At one time over 300
families lived on the Santa Fe Railroad Property known as the Santa Fe Indian
Village. I’m Acoma Pueblo from New
Mexico on my mother’s side. Acoma/ Laguna Pueblo people were brought here,
given jobs in part exchange for the railroad going through our lands in New
Mexico. Growing up in the Indian Village was very unique. I remember having our dances and celebrations
just like on the reservation. My
mother tells me of when she was a little girl how the parade of dolphins would
swim the bay. She would be
watching from the Point Richmond Hills. I will send stories of the village and
also possibly photos via email. Thanks Judy for the forum of having the Indian community involved.
My husband Michael lived in the Santa Fe Indian Village
(middle of the SF Railroad Yard)
in Richmond – with his “Indian Family” when he was 18 years old. Pop Sanchez
and family were Acomas and we are still in truch until the family – with
photographs and video interviews about the Acomas and their life in the
I arrived in the bay Area 1960 on the train to Oakland from
Altus Obla. On the relocation
program. Came to the Bay Area with
3 children, youngest was 9 months old. Came to the Bay Area to better
our lives. I came to the Bay Area and started meeting other Native
American People. Became involved
in Intertribal Friendship House, where a lot of Older native Americans
socialize. Also started attending
church, at the American Indian Baptist Church, still attend there and
songs at Sunday Services.
Lived in Oakland many years raised my children there, lost
my younger in Jan of 2009 from drugs. I remember the Indian Village here in Richmond, the outdoor oven is
Getting kicked out of high school for fighting.
From Richmond I ride my bike to Napa SF Minga Concord.
Gangs chasing me down 23rd – mistaking me for a
Cinco de Mayo – 300 gangs chasing us.
I am ->
Mwdan/ Hidats Arikira. I learned
to be proud – “Do not use a knife near a stove.”
Why Richmond is home:
It’s all I know and in this hell I feel safe no matter where
I am. I been here my entire life.
I graduated high school from vista in Richmond. It was a great new school with tons of
amazing teachers who helped their students change for the better.
Richmond in my home now because I moved here for my
boyfriend. Now were starting a family in his home town and we can show our
daughter the painting and we can say we were of it.
Richmond is home but also a dangerous town from gangs,
drugs, shootings, killings.
Eugene O. Gaines
I was born in 2000 and I have learned a lot in school and I
like school and I am going to stay in school and I love my dad and me and my
play video games.
What brought me to Richmond, CA? I came to Richmond in 1989
with one daughter and there great niece and great nephew after living in San
Francisco for a year. The thing
that brough mehere was the eighty nine earthquake and the need four bedroom for
my newly acquired family. The
things that keeps me here is my job, children’s in school and because I don’t
like to move.
My grandparents owned Rudy’s Refrigeration on 13th
street in Richmond from the 1940’s through the late 80’s or early 90’s. Understanding lean times, they sold
appliances to people on a payment plan, while the people used the appliances in
their homes. In all those years of
trust, there was only one family who did not finish making their payments.
My brother and sister and I spend a lot of time at my
parents business and their home above their business when we were children. I
remember listening to the sound of the train whistle as I fell asleep at their
When I was 5 years old, we were playing on the 2nd
floor roof. It is still not
understood whether I pushed off the 2nd floor to the ground or if I
tried to fly. My memory is that I
believed so strongly that I could fly that I went ahead and tried. Part of me still believes I can fly.
I come from a long line of strong women. Both of my grandmothers worked in the
Oakland shipyards during WWII. They have told me stories, some funny, some not, about their
experiences. I have been all over
the world and always come back here. My husband says it must be because my umbilical cord is in the Richcomnd
Home – family
We got here and there was earthquake. Oklahoma where I (?)
Asbestos, recycling, laundry.
I got lost from school. I thought school was done and 8th
wandry an Sau Pablo. A friend of
my suslusland me ??????
My parents grew up in the Indian territory in Oklahoma –
came to Richmond when our farm flooded and crys was lost the day before
harvest. They were immigrant farm
workers “okies” – and came to Richmond just before my oldest sister was born –
in the Richmond Hospital on 23rd street. I started kindergarten at Nystem Elen in Richmond –
graduated from Richmond Highschool then taught there for 23 years – still live
in Richmond and teach students to make digital stories and TV shows.
I have photos of the boxcans that the Acmas live in from
1930’s – 1982 – and of Indians in newspapers then as children – whole family –
and now as adults. And audio
recordings of the chief chanting – and photos of the tribe back at the reservation
in NM after they left Richmond.
Dovis “here everything’s too far, home I could just get on a
horse, a donkey, a buffalo, and get anywhere.”
San Pablo grew food farming brought natives to feed mission
I remember when we came to Richmond and during shipyard days
my mom worked at the shipyard. #3 she skilled ships, then the wawr. After the
war we moved to North Richmond which was nothing but mud and weird. Few houses
and two churches. I went to school in Richmond. I graduated there from Richmond
high. I went to CCC learning therer. I went to work for Dr. S. Weeks part time.
Dr. JC Robinson, Dr. Wright for a few years. Then I went to U.C. Hospital to
get my nurses license. I finished ent to work in Martinez. My start in Richmond
I went to L.A> were I run mayor Bradley office for election. Also Maxine
Waters office for congress won. I taught music I had a part in Fred Jackson
I came to Richmond in 1976. I came because of the
affordability of the houses near Hilltop. I’m from Jamaica. I came in 1969. I
first lived in Daly City. When I was ready to buy, I bought in Pacifica. I saw
houses in Pacifica on the only sunny day. After I moved there it was always
foggy. People laughed at me. I missed everything about Jamaica. I go back every
year. Sometimes I stay for 6 months. Her neighbors here were warm and friendly.
Worked as a claims examiner at Blue Shield. My children live in the Bay Area +
I met my husband while working for the United Nation’s Food
Agricultural Organization in Malaysia. He was after me all the time. I gave in.
We married in Malaysia in 1970, in a Buddhist Temple. He returned to the US. I
came in 1973. The United States did not recognize a Buddhist marriage. We
remarried in Reno so I could emigrate. He bought a house in Pinole. Only 930
people lived there. I was the only Asian in Linda Heights. My neighbors saw me
a couple of times. They closed their door. Sold their house in a couple of
weeks later. My husband found out they moved because of me. I was very
isolated. The first month I moved here we went out to eat every day. I didn’t
know how to cook. In Malaysia we had servants. I am Malaysian.
My name is Christina Lai. I came to USA and stayed in
Richmond City for 45 years. Worked at Richmond High School. I came here as a
Bride from Hong Kong. My husband used to be a mechanical engineer. He came to
Hong Kong in June 1964 and we got married in August 8, 1964. To me he is so
handsome and tall and sweet and nice guy, and very gentle. We are still
together now. When I got married my Ma gave me gold bracelet, chain, and also
jade necklace and pearl necklace. And made some beautiful long Chinese dress and
gowns. Also my Ma gave a beautiful, beautiful wood chest for wedding. My cousin
from SF introduced my husband to me. So he came to Hong Kong to meet me.
The reason why I provided the service for the Richmond
Senior Center. Due to there are not any party activities for the seniors there.
I started my service 7 years ago and I will continue my service. Organize
parties and trips to places like shopping trips and field trips.
I moved to Richmond twenty-one years ago. I had discovered a
new neighborhoos nestled in the El Sobrante Valley which was a quiet haven away
from the hustle and bustle of the city. Three years ago I discovered the
Richmond Senior Center. It offered a varied series of activities for seniors
and is a great place to meet people & socialize. We in the “strong
women/people stay young” class had formed a strong bond with each other. I also
learned to play Mah Jong at the Richmond Annex.
I came to USA on 1970 September. I met my husband one year
before in Hong Kong. We got marry in Hong Kong one week later. He went back to
USA. I came over half year later.
Since that time we live in Richmond Height until now.
I packed lots of new clothing. Whole set of kitchen ware.
Fabrics. Vase. Shoes. Wigs and Jewells.
I like USA because the people are so friendly and the air
very fresh. Lots of play area for kids.
This helps me with my disability.
My name is Helen Austin & I am 79 years old. I have
seven children & they went to St. Cornelius school & Salisein & Holy
Name. My daughter is Masachuesette University they all went school in Richmond
& Oakalnd holy names. When we came to Richmond 1967there is Macy & J C
Penny & Milen Juwly Stores at downtown of Richmond. And Nicol Park had zoo.
IDEAS – Marilyn Smith
-Strong Women Stay Young
with their weights)
-Pool hall guys
-The Coffee bar – people enjoying coffee + doughnuts
-Mah Jong players
-The Bay Trail
-Rosie the Riveter
I came for affordable safe housing, 1974. Working in
Oakland, it [Richmond] seemed far away. There wasn’t a lot of traffic. It also
Strong Women Stay Young is the reason I come to the RSC. It
is the only class available for seniors now to help with our health issues
since they cancelled all other classes pertaining to exercises.
Rosie . Iha