Sacramento

As part of a Chicano Movement course, students conducted video interviews with activists who participated in the civil rights struggle in the Sacramento region. By collecting the oral histories of Chicano and Chicana activists in the 1960s and ’70s, the course connects classroom learning with living history and, in the process, builds a collective archive of that fight for future generations.

Below is an aerial view of Sacramento taken sixty years ago in 1953. The image is from our Eastman’s Originals Collection. Jervie Eastman (1880-1969) owned a commercial photography studio in Susanville, California and shot photographs across Northern California, primarily in the area north of I-80 and east of I-5.

Can you find the following landmarks in the image: Tower Bridge, State Capitol, Old Sacramento, and the Union Pacific Railyard? Much has changed in this view in the past sixty years!

Sacramento, 1953