Brown Bag African American Lunch Series

Did you know?

  1. 1788 was the earliest recorded instance of a black person setting foot on Oregon soil? His name was Marcus Lopez, a native of Cape Verde, who served as a cabin boy abroad the frigate, Lady Washington.

  2. By 1844, Oregon had declared both slavery and the residence of African-Americans within the territory to be illegal.

  3. Japanese Americans re-established themselves amidst African-Americans in Vanport, Oregon after their expulsion from Portland during World War II.

  4. More than 50 percent of the nation's African American public school teachers and 70 percent of African American dentists and physicians earned degrees at historically black colleges and universities.

This is the kind of important (and interesting!) historical information you will learn if you attend one of our FREE Brown Bag Lunch Series. These events feature a variety of presenters and topics focusing on African-American, as well as other cultural, history in Oregon. You can bring your lunch and join us for a one-hour educational discussion that will leave you with a better understanding of Oregon’s history. 
Past Presenters have included:

Gwen Carr, Oregon NW Black Pioneers
Willie Richardson, Oregon African American Museum & NW Black Pioneers
Valerie Otani, Oregon Nikkei Endowment & Portland Taiko

To sign up, contact Adrienne at