Preserving the History of Black Oregonians

Jump in to explore the extraordinary stories of Oregon’s Black history.


Get to Know Us

Learn & Explore

Our stories, images, artifacts, and digital projects bring to life the 400+ year history of people of African descent in Oregon.

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See Our Exhibits

The Black Pioneers

Lewis & Clark National Park (Astoria)
June 8 – July 8

Letitia Carson: An Enduring Spirit of Hope and Freedom

Lincoln City Cultural Center (Lincoln City)
June 15 – July 15

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years

Blue Mountain Community College (Hermiston)
May 23 – June 21


For Educators

Bring Oregon’s Black history into your classroom with our lesson plans and other K-12 offerings.

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Hire Our Team

Oregon Black Pioneers is at your service. Book a speaker for Black History Month, Juneteenth, or year-round! We’re available to support events, exhibits, and research projects.

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News & Events

Where is Oregon Black Pioneers?

Oregon Black Pioneers is so much more than online history exhibits and digital projects. We offer talks, events, walking tours, presentations and living history opportunities...

2024 Juneteenth Events in Oregon

If you’re looking for a way to honor Juneteenth this year, you can find events scheduled all across the state! Oregon Black Pioneers will be...

Black History Quest: Oregon’s Infamous Poll Tax

Black History Quest, Season 2, episode 3!  In 1862, Oregon levied a poll tax on “each and every negro, Chinaman, Kanaka and mulatto” in the...

OBP’s Artifact Collection

Did you know that Oregon Black Pioneers has a small collection of significant Black history artifacts? These materials require special preservation, but we haven’t always...

We Depend on Your Support

Oregon Black Pioneers’ work would not be possible without donations from people like you. Please support our nonprofit with a donation today!