September Presentation

August 2, 2018 6:21 pm Published by

Please come and join us for our September presentation

Oregon Black Pioneers by Gwen Carr

Elsie Stuhr Center

September 11, 2018

7:00 PM

Refreshments provided

$3.00 suggested donation



Presentation Summary

This presentation tells stories of  little known Black pioneers who lived across the state from as early as 1788.  Some were brought to Oregon as slaves and some free men and women.  In spite of harsh Black Exclusion laws they lived and thrived in Oregon as explorers, cowboys, entrepreneurs, loggers, railway, shipyard workers and community members.



Gwen Carr Bio

Gwen is currently on the Board of the Oregon Black Pioneers and serves as Board Secretary and a member of the Program Committee.  They are a  state wide organization, based in Salem, has a mission of doing historical research and honoring the lives of African Americans who have contributed to the historical development of Oregon.   In her role, she develops exhibits, displays, and does presentations for schools, colleges, historical societies, and civic organizations.  She has curated three exhibits on Oregon’s black history at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in Portland and  is  co- leader of the 2018  exhibit  entitled “Racing to Change:  Oregons Civil Rights Years”

She was primary researcher, writing contributor and project manager for the organization’s book, Perseverance:  A History of African Americans in Oregon’s Marion and Polk Counties, published in 2011.

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