A Community on the Move
Exhibit produced by Oregon Black Pioneers
2/18/2015, 12:37 p.m.
The Oregon Historical Society has opened A Community on the Move, the third exhibition in a series produced by the Oregon Black Pioneers.
This groundbreaking show at the Oregon Historical Society explains how the World War II shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport Flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland’s black families and businesses of the 1940s and 1950s
The Oregon Black Pioneers partnered with the Oregon Historical Society to create and open the exhibit for Black History Month. Scheduled to continue through June 28 at the Oregon Historical Society museum, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., the event will include interactive displays, associated public programs, and educational tours have been designed to engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds and reveal the courage and persistence of black families who lived during this tumultuous era.
Designed in partnership with Alchemy of Design, this original exhibition draws on personal photographs, historic artifacts, and hands on experiences to illuminate Portland’s vibrant black community, which thrived despite a larger cultural and legal context of discrimination and displacement.
As present-day gentrification in Portland impacts historically black neighborhoods, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this little-known history is critical to our collective future. With this in mind, A Community on the Move has been designed so that visitors can connect and compare past conditions to our modern realities.
Throughout the exhibition’s run, community members will be invited to participate in special conversations with leaders and elders from Portland’s African American community.
General admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free every day to residents of Multnomah County and members of the Oregon Historical Society.