OBP’s Black History Walking Tours – Jacksonville!

Black History Walking Tour of Jacksonville, Oregon – Saturday, October 21, 10:00AM to Noon.

Join Oregon Black Pioneers for the second stop on our statewide walking tour series. This time, we’re headed to the historic gold mining town of Jacksonville in Jackson County’s Applegate Valley.

Led by OBP Public Programs Manager Mariah Rocker, this two-hour, 1-mile loop will make stops at locations connected to the town’s Black history. The tour will begin at the Jacksonville Cemetery before moving to the Jackson Creek Junction Gazebo. Vehicle transport is encouraged to avoid walking up and down the steep cemetery road. The rest of the tour, starting at Jackson Creek Junction Gazebo, will be on foot.

Guests will discover more about pioneers Ben Johnson, Charles Blockwell, Sam Vose, and other members of one of the first Black communities in the state.

Mariah Rocker sat down with The Jefferson Exchange host Geoffrey Riley to talk about the Black History Walking Tour series, listen in here.

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See the places where Oregon’s Black history was made!

Are you curious to see the places in Oregon where Black history happened? Oregon has Black history everywhere! Oregon Black Pioneers, Oregon’s only statewide African American historical society, is excited to bring walking tours to communities all over Oregon. Each tour is unique, and led by one of our expert staff. Tours are limited to 35 people. We suggest attendees wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunglasses, and bring enough water to stay hydrated. We will be walking on public streets where ADA accessibility can vary.

Watch for details about future tours here, and on Facebook and Instagram!

Past tour information at this link.