• 117 Commercial St. NE, Ste. 210, Salem, OR 97301
  • (503) 540-4063
  • 117 Commercial St. NE, Ste. 210, Salem, OR 97301
  • (503) 540-4063
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About Us

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 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.

Oregon Black Pioneers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Our Team

  • OBP Board of Directors
    • Willie Richardson, President
    • Kimberly Moreland, Vice President
    • Elise Gautier, Secretary
    • Gwen Carr
    • Carol Johnson
    • Lillian Green
    • Tony Tate
    • Joanne Stewart
  • OBP Staff
    • 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.