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6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Oregon’s Black History: 450 Years in 45 Minutes presented by Zachary Stocks

Suggested donation: $5 (or what you are able).*

Zachary Stocks is a public historian and museum professional, and is the Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers, Oregon’s only statewide African American historical society. Zachary has a BA in History from the College of William & Mary and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. Over the past 10 years, Zachary has interpreted early American experiences at Colonial Williamsburg, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Historical Seaport, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, and the Northwest African American Museum. Zachary lives and works in Astoria.

“People of African descent have lived and worked in Oregon since before the founding of the earliest English-speaking settlements in the Americas. Despite this, the popular narrative of our state’s history excludes the experiences of African Americans before the mid 20th century. This erasure is the result of historic legal and social marginalization that contribute to the ignorance of Oregon’s Black heritage, as well as influence contemporary disparities in housing access, community investment, and policing. Zachary Stocks of Oregon Black Pioneers will attempt to correct the record by highlighting key individuals and events that characterize Oregon’s unique and centuries-old Black history.”

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