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Who We Are

Oregon Black Pioneers is Oregon’s only historical society dedicated to preserving and presenting the experiences of African Americans statewide. For almost 30 years, our organization has illuminated the seldom-told history of people of African descent in Oregon. We are inspired by the tenacity of Black Oregonians who have faced discrimination and hardship to make a life for themselves here over the past 400 years. We honor their sacrifices by remembering their stories and by sharing them to the public.

What We Do

Our vision is to become the preeminent resource for the study of Oregon’s African American history and culture. We work to achieve this vision through our illuminating exhibitions, our public programs, our original publications, and historical research. Additionally, we partner with local organizations to plan, interpret, and advocate for the preservation and commemoration of sites with African American historical significance.

You Can Help!

Our organization relies on the support of people that believe in the value of learning from the past. Please join us in preserving the history of Black Oregonians by making a gift today.

Click here to make your tax deductible donation to Oregon Black Pioneers!