Long time resident Harriette McCauley shares her memories growing up in Santa Monica. Her parents traveled to California in 1925, fueled by advice that there were better opportunities in the West than in the South. After meeting another African-American family, both families worked together and were instrumental in helping build a local Methodist church. She highlights the prominence of Methodist, Baptist, and Holiness churches in her family’s life, stating that “wherever the African-American churches were, that’s where they were”. McColley also reveals how her and her brother were the only black kids in their classes. She details the lack of interest and appreciation others had for Black history. As a result, she relied on her family and her church for information.