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  • June 19, 2021 05:00 pm - June 19, 2021 06:00 pm
  • Coos Bay, Oregon
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Alonzo Tucker EJI Historical Marker Dedication

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  • Coos History Museum

Join Oregon Black Pioneers on Juneteenth in Coos Bay as we acknowledge Oregon’s only documented Black lynching and install a historical marker so that this event is never forgotten,
Oregon Black Pioneers will be one of several organizations speaking at the event, including the Oregon Remembrance Project, Portland NAACP, and the mayors of Coos Bay and North Bend.

On September 18, 1902, Alonzo Tucker, an Black boxer and gym owner, was shot and hanged from a beam on the South Marshfield bridge by a mob of armed, white coal miners in Coos Bay (then called Marshfield), Oregon. His alleged crime was assaulting a white woman. Despite the murder happening in broad daylight, no one was ever held accountable for his death. While lynching was common nationwide, Tucker’s killing is the only documented lynching of a Black person in Oregon.

In April 2018 the Equal Justice Initiative opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, our nation’s first memorial to the history of lynching. In conjunction with the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, EJI created the Community Remembrance Project to seek healing and reconciliation by documenting this difficult history. Coos Bay completed Phase 1 of the project on February 29, 2020 by collecting soil from the site where Alonzo Tucker was shot (now part of the permanent collection of Coos History Museum). This event on Juneteenth marks Phase 2 of the project, wherein the community will erect a historical marker acknowledging the lynching.

OBP Executive Director Zachary Stocks has been working with Oregon Remembrance Project’s Taylor Stewart and the Coos History Museum on tributes to Alonzo Tucker since 2019. This marks the culmination of the hard work of dozens of individuals and many different organizations, businesses, and representatives.

There is no cost, and all are welcome to attend. The Coos History Museum, which has an exhibit on Tucker’s lynching, will be open with free admission on Juneteenth.

Sat. June 19 – 10:00 AM