East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in El Monte and South El Monte is a collaborative archive project that seeks to build a reciprocal relationship among academics and community members and transform how underrepresented communities enter the historical record and think about their own history.

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Oral History with Lily Laredo

Concha Rojas with Lily c1942.jpg

Summary: Lily Laredo has lived her entire life in El Monte. Daughter of Vincent and Concha Rojas, she grew up in Hicks camp in the 1940’s and…

Oral History with Lilian Rey


Raised in La Puente California, Lilian Rey has lived in El Monte for several decades. She recounts the history of the city and raising her family…

Oral History of the Ramos Family


The Ramos family arrived in El Monte’s Medina Court in the early 20th century. The family patriarch, Nicolas Cervantes built a successful walnut…

LA Times Accident Report

Accident Report from LA Times.pdf

Accident report for Rikizo Nishida

Oral history with Chief Ernie


Chief Ernie tells the story of how his family, living in San Gabriel at the time, preserved a Japanese-American business, the San Gabriel Nursery,…


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