Oregon Black Pioneers

Oregon Black Pioneers is an all volunteer nonprofit organization based in Salem, Oregon. It was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 to do research and educate Oregonians about African-Americans’ contributions to Oregon’s history. Within the next few years, the organization developed a small resource booklet and study guide on Oregon’s black history and distributed it through the Salem-Keizer School District and Marion County Historical Society.

The Oregon Black Pioneers adopted a two-year strategic plan to guide its near-term priorities, and is working to complete a business plan that will assure its sustainability over time. We are proud that we are able to continue the work of researching, documenting, and presenting this “lost history”. In 2011, we published our first book with “Perseverance” A History of African Americans in Oregon’s Marion and Polk Counties”.

A second book, “African Americans of Portland” was published in 2013. As our founders envisioned, we plan to move forward from there, expanding our work to include all Oregon counties and bringing attention and honor to all of Oregon’s black pioneers.