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Our Mission

Our vision is to be the premier resource for Oregon’s African American culture and heritage information. We aspire to preserve this largely unknown and rich heritage and culture through collections and programs that promote scholarly research and public use. We envision becoming a center for study of Oregon’s African American life, heritage and culture.

Our goal is to secure a place and forum in which this heritage can be shared with the greater public. Oregon Black Pioneers Corporation’s mission, also doing business as Oregon African American Museum Project (OBP/OAAMP), is to research, recognize and commemorate the culture and heritage of African Americans in the State of Oregon.

Programs, Research and Development

The programs of Oregon Black Pioneers form the core of the organization’s ability to carry out its mission of telling our story. Components include research, oral presentations, displays, exhibits and publishing.

Presentations and exhibits on Oregon’s Black history have been done in schools of all levels, historical organizations and museums, libraries, civic and social clubs, and state and federal organizations and institutions across the state. Please contact Gwen Carr to request our services. In 2018 the organization opened its fourth major exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.

Recent publications include: Perseverance: A History of African Americans In Oregon’s Marion and Polk Counties, published in 2011, and  African Americans of Portland, published in 2013.