Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum worked with Breakthrough's Film Crew, a group of nine young people from East Garfield Park and other West Side communities, to conduct these interviews. Breakthrough and the East Garfield Park Youth Collaborative recruited most of the narrators. Barbara Stewart was born in New Jersey and her family moved to Chicago in 1956. She was a police officer for twenty-two years and retired in 2008. In 2016, she lived in the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale. She was also active in the East Garfield Park community.