Oregon Historical Society opens civil rights exhibit, offers free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Portland

Featured image by John Hain, via Creative Commons

On Monday, January 15, the Oregon Black Pioneers launches its fourth exhibition in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society. Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years, focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon during the 1960s and 1970s. It’s an interactive exhibit that takes visitors on a journey, where they learn how racist attitudes, repression, and violence affected the state’s black community and led to the Civil Rights Movement.

To celebrate the new exhibit and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Oregon Historical Society is offering free admission January 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Oregon Black Pioneers is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1993 and based in Salem, Oregon. Its goal is to educate Oregonians about African-Americans’ contributions to the state’s history. It also sponsors educational events at schools and other organizations.

The exhibit is open through Sunday, June 24, during the Oregon Historical Society’s regular hours and included in general admission. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For non-members, admission is $11 adults, $9 students with ID and seniors age 60 and older, $5 youth ages 6-18, and free ages 5 and younger. Members receive free admission.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in Portland. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years webpage, call the Oregon Historical Society at (503) 222-1741, or email orhist@ohs.org.

Parking garages are nearby (get directions), but public transportation is the best option. The Portland Streetcar and MAX (light rail) stop within a short walking distance. Plan your trip on public transit.

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