Our Exhibits

Since 2008, Oregon Black Pioneers has shared its historical research primarily through its original exhibits. Through collaborations with nonprofit partners, OBP has been able to share stories that are seldom told anywhere else. OBP continues to develop content for engaging new online and in-person experiences, connecting audiences to the African American individuals and communities that have shaped the cultural identity of Oregon from 1788 – present.

Previous Exhibits

  • Salem’s Black Voices – Reed Opera House (2008)
  • Perseverance: A History of African Americans in Oregon’s Marion and Polk Counties – Oregon Historical Society (2011)
  • All Aboard! Railroading and Portland’s Black Community – Oregon Historical Society (2013)
  • A Community on the Move – Oregon Historical Society (2015)
  • Vanport: Surge of Social Change – Oregon Historical Society (2016)*
  • Black in Oregon, 1840-1870 – Oregon State Capitol (2018)**
  • Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years – Oregon Historical Society (2018)
  • Racing to Change: The Eugene Story – University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History (2019)

*with Vanport Mosaic
**co-developed with State of Oregon

Oregon Black Pioneers has two exhibits available online!

Click here to experience Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years online!

Click here to experience Racing to Change: The Eugene Story online!


Exhibit Rentals

Want to bring Black history to your community? Oregon Black Pioneers has exhibits available for rent. Learn more about our current exhibit offerings and prices by downloading our Exhibit Catalog.

To book one of our exhibits, please complete our Exhibit Request Form.