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
Become an OBP Board Member!
If you are
interested in serving on the
Board of Directors, please
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volunteer form. Contact us to
further discuss your skills and the needs of the
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.
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
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,
email@example.com 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.
A Community on the Move
February 1 Ė April 26, 2015
A Community on the Move
is a groundbreaking exhibit about the courage and
persistence of Portlandís black residents in the 1940s
and early 1950s. This interactive exhibit will engage
visitors of all ages and backgrounds as it traces how
the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the
Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects affected
Portlandís black families and businesses.
We Need Your Help!
Photographs, artifacts and memories
Did you work
at the Kaiser shipyards?
remember the Albina community of the 1940s and 50s?
Did you live
experience the flood?
Were you or
your family displaced by urban renewal plans during
involved in city planning efforts?
We want to hear from you!
If you have photographs, artifacts or memories to share,
please contact us before October 17. Gwen Carr,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-949-5142.
CROWD-SOURCED HISTORY SURVEY SEEKS AFRICAN AMERICAN
The Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State
Historic Preservation Office, launched the property survey project
ďPreserving Oregonís African American Historic PlacesĒ
in May. Working with a community partners and
volunteers, the organizations want to protect and
preserve Oregonís African American historic sites and
places from 1844 to 1984. Committee partner
Gwendolyn Trice, founder of Heritage Maxville
Interpretive Center, commented that ďrural counties have
significant undocumented structures, places and
cemeteries. Conversations are taking place in Eastern
Oregon that are providing data that translates rich
African American community architectures into historic
Preserving Oregon African American Historic Places project is a crowd-sourced project that
encourages the public to contribute information online
that pertains to existing structures with any African
American association in their histories and cemeteries
with African American burials. These
places can be buildings anywhere in Oregon where African
Americans worked, sites where important events happened,
or objects created, installed, or inspired by African
It is important to note that the data submission can
include properties associated with the post-war period
from the 1950 to the early 80s.
The deadline for submissions has been
extended to Dec. 31, 2014. You may submit your
information online at
www.makeoregonhistory.org. Provide as much
information as you can, but it is OK to leave blanks if
you do not know the particular information requested.
The information will be added to the collections of the
Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historic Sites
Rosa Marie Britton, Shiloh
Baptist Church Gathering,
First AME Zion Church and
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,
We have books available to purchase on African American Pioneers in Oregon
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