Please come and join us for our September presentation
Oregon Black Pioneers by Gwen Carr
Elsie Stuhr Center
September 11, 2018
$3.00 suggested donation
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.
Categorised in: History Today
This post was written by Judy Donovan