Ordinary People. Extraordinary Lives. The Untold Story.



“Each of us is a unique expression of the one revelation, the revelation that God Is.”

                                         -Leslie Caroline


A very special thank you to my parents, Etienne & Gay Caroline and my brother, Etienne III for their unconditional love and support as I travel life’s journey.  I love and appreciate you. While working on this project, I called on my parents day, night, and sometimes the wee hours of the morning.  They shared articles, written testimonies, a treasure of photographs and many stories about our community.


I’ve had many blessings along the way. Several months after Riversider.Org was launched,  I was contacted by  Delora Allen, a descendant of one of Riverside’s pioneer families.  I will never forget her words.   “Tina,  I’ve seen your work and I am passing the torch to you.  Don’t ever stop telling our story.”  She then granted me unrestricted rights to her research (40+ years) which  included family histories, books, photographs, articles and other writings.   Words cannot adequately express how honored I am to be the recipient of such a tremendous gift.


My heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the following people for opening their hearts, sharing information,  and  most of all, believing in this project.  Thank you.


Anna Goodwin Akers,  Dorella Anderson,  Tanya Beverley Ashley


Elizabeth Bonds “Mama Bonds”,  Edith Jones Boyd,  Carole Strickland Bugg


Michelle Carpenter


Pam Goodwin Daniels,  Mylie Taylor Davis


Lola Johnson Gauff,  Craig Goodwin,  Gilbert Goodwin


Rita Roberson Kent,  Alice Key


Anita Johnson Mackey,  Denise Matthews,  Tena Mitchell,   Vince Moses


Ellen Stratton Strickland,  Reggie Strickland,  Sue Strickland


Lucille Stratton Taylor


University of California, Santa Barbara


Jonathan Wafer

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