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