Historical Education

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Since 2004, the Oregon Black Pioneers has continued its research and created presentations, displays, and exhibits on Oregon black history for an array of secondary schools, colleges, civic clubs, and historical societies. Examples include age-appropriate presentations at several elementary schools in the Salem-Keizer School District, an exhibit at West Salem High School, and lectures at the college level at Chemeketa Community College and Linfield College.

In addition, we have given Oregon black history presentations at several local Rotary Clubs, including one in Oregon City. As a result of such outreach, local historical societies have requested speakers, and we have provided presentations both locally and around the state.

This high level of interest on the part of important historical groups attests to the credibility of the work the organization is doing and Oregon historians’ desire to add this long-overlooked history of the state to their knowledge base.