Welcome to the South Central Archive--YOU ARE HOME. Our goal is to bring visibility to the beauty, strength, and wisdom in South Central by reclaiming our narratives and our hope is that you see yourself reflected in the archive. As our community of Historic South Central Los Angeles continues to be gentrified and displaced, and as we continue to endure the disproportionate impacts of social inequities, we were compelled to document, preserve, and celebrate our stories by launching the South Central Archive. We also aim to create a repository of ancestral knowledge that inspires healing, promotes unity, and unapologetically disrupts cycles of oppression. We see the South Central Archive as a radical tool for self and cultural preservation, as well as an act of resistance against the erasure of our community. Therefore, we invite you to grow the archive with us by helping us capture our collective memory.
To the future storytellers, may we honor and celebrate the past, present, and future of South Central Los Angeles together.
In 2021, Esperanza Community Housing launched the South Central Archive as a community-driven preservation project that anchors intergenerational stories by Indigenous, Black, Brown, Immigrant, LGBTQIA2S+, system-impacted, and people of all abilities in South Central through documenting, preserving, and celebrating their unique and collective experience.