Preserving Oregon’s African American Historic Places
African American Sites and Places Revealed
In honor of Historic Preservation Month the Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), announces one of our latest projects entitled Preserving Oregon’s African American Historic Places. Working with community partners we endeavor to protect and preserve African American historic sites and places from the time period of 1844 to 1984.
The revelation of relatively unknown and/or hidden African American historic sites and places promises to add yet another dimension to Oregon’s rich history. Did you know that an early settlement era, gothic revival style home belonged to Black pioneers Hannah Gorman and Eliza Gorman and is still standing in Corvallis, Oregon? Hannah and her six years old daughter, Eliza came across the Oregon Trail in 1844 with the John Thorp family. In La Grande there is the little-known church, Amazing Grace Fellowship, now known as Boyd Memorial Baptist Church. Constructed in 1920, Amazing Grace Fellowship represents one of the oldest African American Churches in Oregon.
Data Collecting Through Crowdsourcing
This crowdsourcing survey project, first of its in kind, allows the general public to contribute information online that pertains to existing structures with any African American association in their histories AND cemeteries with African American burials. These places can be buildings ANYWHERE in Oregon where African Americans worked, sites where important events happened, or objects created, installed, or inspired by African Americans.
Ultimate Goal: National Register Submission
Our ultimate goal is to identify, evaluate and assist in the submission of national register nominations. We need your help. If you know of any places like this, please share your information! You may submit your information online at www.makeoregonhistory.org . The information will be added to the collection of the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historic Sites Database available at http://www.oregonheritage.org.
For More Information
Additional community outreach will take place throughout the duration of this project. If you have any questions about the Survey Project email Kim Moreland, Project Coordinator, Oregon Black Pioneers at email@example.com.Or Kuri Gills, Grant and Outreach Manager, Oregon Heritage at Kuri.Gills@oregon.gov.For more information about the Oregon Black Pioneers please visit www.oregonblackpioneers.org.
By Kim Moreland
Oregon Black Pioneers