Who We Are
We research, recognize, and commemorate the culture and heritage of African Americans in Oregon.
Oregon Black Pioneers is Oregon’s only historical society dedicated to preserving and presenting the experiences of African Americans statewide. Since 1993, 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 engaging exhibitions, public programs, 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 statewide.
Oregon Black Pioneers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
OBP Board of Directors
Willie Richardson, President
Kimberly Moreland, Vice President
Elise Gautier, Secretary
Amanda Boyd, Treasurer
Dr. Fay Gyapong-Porter
Zachary Stocks, Executive Director
Oregon Black Pioneers is currently recruiting new Board members. If you are interested in joining our volunteer Board, please complete and submit our Board Member Application.