The Black Portlanders Project: Illuminating a Vibrant Community

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  • Ifanyi and Isira
  • Jordan
  • Marie
  • Henry
  • Dawa
  • Family
  • Billy
  • Chanticleer Tru
  • Patricia and Robin
  • Monee
  • Bruce
  • Aleesha
  • Arika
  • Tazia
  • Luke
  • Rie
  • Drew and Anthony
  • Cookie
  • Johnny Disciple
  • Alison

Marie

Oregon's small population number is largely due to the state's founding. When Oregon was established in 1859, Black people were prohibited from holding real estate, making contracts or simply living in the Western state. 

(Photo: Intisar Abioto for BET) 

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