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Verdell and Otto Rutherford assembled thousands of rare documents, newspapers, and photographs recording the history of African Americans. This family photo was taken in front of their historic Portland home in the 1950s and is part of a historic collection at Portland State University.

Verdell and Otto Rutherford assembled thousands of rare documents, newspapers, and photographs recording the history of African Americans. This family photo was taken in front of their historic Portland home in the 1950s and is part of a historic collection at Portland State University.

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Home Listed as Historic

Rutherford house was a hub during Civil Rights era

A northeast Portland home that served as a family residence and support center for civil rights causes for more than half a century has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The house is believed to be the first historic property in Oregon listed in the National Register primarily for its association with the Civil Rights era.