The Oregon Black Pioneers is an all volunteer nonprofit organization based in Salem, Oregon. It was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 to do research and educate Oregonians about African-Americans’ contributions to Oregon’s history. Within the next few years, the organization developed a small resource booklet and study guide on Oregon’s black history and distributed it through the Salem-Keizer School District and Marion County Historical Society.
It’s original plan was to continue expanding on its research and telling the stories of these pioneers through presentations, exhibits, and books and to partner with school districts and historical organizations to distribute this information statewide.
2009 David Duniway Award for Historic Preservation, Marion County Historical Society
2009 Education Award, Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs
2010 Heritage Award, American Legacy Magazine
2014 Nominee for McMath Award presented by the University of Oregon
2017 George McMath Historic Preservation Award Recipient