Browse Exhibits (4 total)
Perseverance (2011), highlighted early black Oregonians’ lives in Oregon’s Marion and Polk Counties. Since the beginning, even before the wagon trains, African Americans have played an essential part in building Oregon. In Marion and Polk counties, they overcame the obstacles of wilderness, prejudice, and isolation, helping to create a vibrant community. They have often been left out of the paintings and statues, but Perseverance brings you many of their names and describes the ways they have made history, taking their rightful place among pioneers past and present in the Willamette Valley.
An interactive exhibit will engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds as it traces how discrimination practices affected Oregon’s Black populations and spurred the civil rights movement across Oregon. Through personal photos and artifacts, text, and interactive experiences, this project will illuminate Oregon’s vibrant Black communities during the civil rights era amongst a larger context of discrimination and displacement. The exhibit will be at the Oregon Historical Society from January 15 to June 28, 2018, then travel to other venues around Oregon.
All Aboard! (2013), mirrored the book African Americans of Portland and focused on the community that grew up around Portland’s Union Station from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, when black churches, hotels, newspapers, and businesses were established.
A Community on the Move (2015), focused on the 1940s and 1950s, when Portland’s vibrant African American community thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement.