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Amanda Mathews, a black Oregon pioneer.
Mary Ann "Amanda" Mathews, 1828-1905, one of many Oregon Black pioneers profiled in this exhibit.


This exhibit uses archival records to illuminate the courage and resilience of Black pioneers who built lives for themselves and their families in Oregon despite the many barriers they faced. The exhibit puts their experiences in context with chronologies and related resources before telling their stories augmented by photos and original documents. 

Black History Context

Black Individuals and Families in Oregon

Sources and Credits


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