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Black Bottom Archives

Black Bottom Archives (BBA) is a community-driven media platform dedicated to centering and amplifying the voices, experiences, and perspectives of Black Detroiters through digital storytelling, journalism, art, and community organizing with a focus on preserving local Black history & archiving our present.

Black Bottom Digital Archive Team

BBA Present and Former Staff

  • PG Watkins, Director & Co-Founder

  • Kamau Baaqi, Communications Associate

  • Tulani Pryor, Digital Archives Assistant

  • Lawrielle West, Community Engagement Coordinator

Black Bottom Digital Archive Interns & Contractors

  • Abdeena Barrie, Intern

  • Nic Ciccone, Intern

  • Conor Mendenhall, Web Developer

BBA Advisory Board

  • Emily Kutil, Black Bottom Street View creator

  • Angela Abiodun

  • Ever Bussey

  • Steven Farrar

Contact Us

Did you or your family members live, work, or play in Black Bottom? Do you have stories, photos or other media to share? Please contact us for more information about how you can contribute to this growing digital archive.

Share Your History

Use this form to submit your oral histories or photos

Use this link to schedule an oral history interview with our Archival team

Contact us directly if you have any other media or artifacts that you would like to