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

Public Programs

Guest Speakers

Oregon Black Pioneers’ staff, Board, and collaborating scholars participate in a variety of public presentations each year. We work with partnering organizations around the state to reveal stories from Oregon’s African American past at museums, libraries and civic institutions. Lecture topics typically pertain to the subjects of our exhibitions, but OBP has expertise in many areas within the Black Oregonian experience.

Past Presentations

  • Student Activism in Oregon’s Colleges and Universities
  • History of African Americans in Oregon
  • The Vanport Flood
  • African American Women of Oregon’s Civil Rights Movement
  • A Community on the Move: Night Life, Clubs, Restaurants & the Music


To book a speaker from Oregon Black Pioneers for your event, please complete and submit our Request for Speakers form.

Standard presenter rates are $300 for businesses and municipalities and $200 for non-profits, plus any and all required travel and lodging expenses. Reduced rates evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Historical Markers

In 2007 Oregon Black Pioneers presented the City of Salem with a stone marker for its Pioneer Cemetery, honoring the 40+ African Americans interned there in marked and unmarked graves. Since then, OBP has advocated for the creation of new historical markers to commemorate sites statewide with African American historical significance.

If you know of a site in Oregon with a documented connection to African American history, let us know about it! Please email hello@oregonblackpioneers.org.


Oregon Black Pioneers works with partnering organizations to sponsor special tours and trips around the state. Please follow our Facebook page and sign up to our email list to learn about upcoming tours and RSVP.