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The Billy Webb Elks Lodge’s designation on the National Register of Historic places celebrates not only the history of one of Portland’s most important Black fraternal institutions, but also a building that previously served as a “Colored” YWCA, African American USO center, and Portland branch headquarters of the NAACP.

The Billy Webb Elks Lodge’s designation on the National Register of Historic places celebrates not only the history of one of Portland’s most important Black fraternal institutions, but also a building that previously served as a “Colored” YWCA, African American USO center, and Portland branch headquarters of the NAACP.

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Recognizing Portland’s African American experience

The National Park Service has recognized the historic significance of Portland’s African American experience through a pair of new listings on the National Register of Historic Places.