Celebrating the Contributions of Oregonís African American Pioneers


We are very thankful to the Pioneer Trust Bank Foundation for their generous support of the Oregon Black Pioneers since 2005.


We invite you to become a sponsor
of OBP, and have your business logo & link prominently  displayed right here on our website!

Become an OBP Board Member!

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please click to print out the volunteer form. Contact us to further discuss your skills and the needs of the organization.

Our Mission
and Vision

The mission of the Oregon Black Pioneers Corporation, also doing business as Oregon African American Museum Project (OBP/OAAMP), is to research, recognize and commemorate the culture and heritage of African Americans in the State of Oregon. Our goal is to secure a place and forum in which this heritage can be shared with the greater public.

Our vision is to be the premier resource for Oregonís African American culture and heritage information. We aspire to preserve this largely unknown and rich heritage and culture through collections and programs that promote scholarly research and public use. We envision becoming a center for study of Oregonís African American life, heritage and culture.

Governor Atiyeh

ďDiscovering and documenting the history of the Oregon African Americans (pre and post statehood), which was basically lost, is now being uncovered by the ĎOregon Black Pioneersí board and advisors. With vigor and purpose the board has put permanence to that goal with the current major project being an Oregon African American museum in Salem to visually tell the story. Your support in providing information, artifacts, and financial contributions would be appreciated."    

Victor Atiyeh
Oregon Governor 1979-1987

We have books available to purchase on African American Pioneers in Oregon

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Programs, Research
and Development

The programs of Oregon Black Pioneers form the core of the organizationís ability to carry out it's mission of telling our story. Its components include: research and presentations to include oral, displays, exhibits and publishing.

Presentations and exhibits on Oregonís Black history have been done in schools of all levels, historical organizations and museums, libraries, civic and social clubs, and state and federal organizations and institutions across the state. Please contact Gwen Carr, obpprograms@qwestoffice.net  to request our services. In 2015 the organization will open its third major exhibit at the Oregon History Museum in Portland.

Recent publications include: Perseverance: A History of African Americans In Oregonís Marion and Polk Counties, published in 2011 and African Americans of Portland published in 2013.

Celebration & Events

We sponsor two annual events commemorating and celebrating the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of Oregon.  In October, we host our annual fundraising event. Funds are used to support our programs.  We sponsor a program/lecture in February which highlights the contributions of African-Americans, and we honor our "Pillars of Leadership Award" recipient's. 

OBP Membership

As a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization registered with the State of Oregon, we are a board of volunteers dedicated to researching and documenting the history of African-Americans in Oregon. Public support of our cause can be made through financial contributions, as well as providing research and development expertise, historical knowledge, documentations and artifacts. 

HISTORIC Photos shown above:
Rosa Marie Britton, Shiloh Baptist Church Gathering, First AME Zion Church and George Fletcher

Did you know?

That the year 1788 was the earliest recorded instance of a Black person setting foot on Oregon soil? His name was Marcus Lopez, a native of Cape Verde, who served as a cabin boy aboard the frigate, Lady Washington.

The mission of Oregon African American Museum, (OAAM) is to educate the public about African American history in Oregon by collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting material evidence of the African American experience.

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