Alison Rose Jefferson

Independent Historian

Alison Rose Jefferson is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She is earning her Ph.D. in Public History and American History. Her master’s degree is from the University of Southern California (USC) and her undergraduate degree is from Pomona College.

Jefferson has participated in numerous public history programs, including museum exhibitions, oral history interview research, the creation of commemorative monuments and documentary films, including as: co-curator on the “Intersections of South Central Los Angeles: People and Places in Historic and Contemporary Photographs” exhibit at the California African American Museum and co-writer of the exhibit catalog (2006); creator of the text for the monument plaque marking a Santa Monica beach site, “The Inkwell: A Place of Celebration and Pain” (2008); and a featured historian in the documentary films “White Wash,” and “12 Miles North: The Nick Gabaldon Story.”

She is also the author of “African American Leisure Space in Santa Monica: The Beach Sometimes Known as the ‘Inkwell,’ 1900s–1960s” Southern California Quarterly, Vol. 91, No. 2 (2009): 155–189. A native of Los Angeles, California, her research interest revolves around the intersection of historical memory, American history, Black Angeleno history, historic preservation and cultural tourism in Southern California during the twentieth century, great migration and Jim Crow era.

The Inkwell, Martha’s Vineyard (1890s- )

Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, part of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Islands, is one of several historic African American summer resort communities along the Atlantic seaboard founded in the 1890s. The” Inkwell” or Town Beach in Oak Bluffs is the name of the popular beach frequented … Read MoreThe Inkwell, Martha’s Vineyard (1890s- )

The Inkwell, Santa Monica, California (1905-1964)

The Inkwell was a popular beach for African Americans in Southern California through the middle decades of the Twentieth Century.  The beach at Bay Street fanning out a block to the north and south was derogatorily called “The Inkwell” by nearby Anglos in reference to … Read MoreThe Inkwell, Santa Monica, California (1905-1964)