Dive Deeper Into History

Check out our projects to learn more about the stories of perseverance and determination that make up Black history in Oregon. Watch a video, listen to a podcast episode, or explore a robust online archive to expand your knowledge.

Meeting the Sewells

An unsuspecting museum-goer finds himself transported back in time, coming face to face with resourceful settlers Columbus and Louisa Sewell, Central Oregon’s first Black couple. Meeting the Sewells is a video collaboration with High Desert Museum.

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Black History Quest

Oregon Black Pioneers presents Black History Quest! Every other month a different History Investigator reveals the hidden stories behind select materials from the OBP research files. In each episode we’ll learn about the challenges and surprises of doing historical research, and try to answer the question: how can one source change history?

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Letitia Carson Digital History Collection

Oregon Black Pioneers is one of the partner organizations behind the Letitia Carson Legacy Project, which aims to preserve the land and story of Oregon’s first Black female homesteader. Together we produced the Letitia Carson Digital History Collection, a comprehensive archive of the sources related to her unique life story.

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The Register

The Register is a radio segment hosted by Oregon Black Pioneers and archived on KMUN in Astoria. Each 5 minute episode features a biography of a different figure from Oregon’s Black history.

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Find Black History Near You

Where can you find Black history in Oregon? Everywhere! Search our History Maps to see the places in Oregon where Black history was made.