Opportunities to learn about and celebrate the rich history of African Americans in Oregon continue beyond Black History Month.
Join the Oregon Black Pioneers at their 25th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, March 2, 2019, featuring remarks by Oregon Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Adrienne Nelson, silent and oral auctions featuring artwork by gifted local and national artists, including Bill Rutherford, Mary Volm, Bonnie Meltzer and Emmett Wheatfall, and dancing to live music provided by Ocean 503. Buy tickets here. Learn more about Oregon Black Pioneers, preserving the rich history of black pioneers throughout Oregon since 1933.
Discover the story of entrepreneur W.D. Allen, owner of the Golden West Hotel at NW Everett and Broadway, the center for Portland’s African-American social and business life in the first decades of the twentieth century. Central City Concern, current owner of the Golden West Building, offers both a permanent exterior exhibit and an online version that tells a social and ethnic story of the vibrant African-American community in Portland in the early 1900s and the successes and challenges of its residents.