Oregon Black History Series

January 17, 2013 · by Staff · Uncategorized

All Aboard: Railroading and Portland’s Black Community
January 15 – April 21, 2013
Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers

All Aboard!

Just in time for the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and National Black History Month in February, the Oregon Black Pioneers return to the Oregon History Museum to partner on a new exhibit, All Aboard: Railroading and Portland’s Black Community.

This new exhibit and accompanying programs will focus on the work and lives of African American railroad workers in Portland in the 1800s to 1940s and the community that grew up around Union Station during that period. Content will include the evolution of work for blacks on the railroads and in black-owned businesses in Old Town, the context of this time period in Oregon’s racial history, the stories of the railroad workers and porters, and how their lives and communities were shaped by their work.

Related Programs and Events
Oregon Black Pioneers has organized a series of panel discussions in association with the exhibit and will be working with the Oregon Historical Society to develop additional programs.

Panel #1 – “The Railroad Men and Family Life: Let the Offspring Tell It!”
Sunday, January 27, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Lorenzen Conference Center at Emanuel Hospital
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227
Featuring: Children of Railroad Families
Avel Gordly
Cleophas Smith
Carolyn Leonard
Bill Rutherford
Moderator: Bill Hart

Panel #2 – “Free At Last?: Let the Elders Point the Way”
Sunday, February 10, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
June R. Key Delta Community House
5940 N. Albina Ave
Portland, Oregon 97217

Featuring: Elders in the City of Roses
William Woods
Minniebell Johnson
Aletha Chavis
Bill Hilliard
Myrtle Carr
Moderator: Donna Maxey

Panel #3 – “What the Workers Have to Say: Stories You’ve Never Heard”
Sunday, March 10, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 S.W. Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
Featuring: Laborers in the First Person
Bob Boyer
Yugen Rashad
Horace Fox
Michael “Chappie” Grice
Moderator: Renee Mitchell

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