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African Americans in Oregon
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The family of America Waldo Bogle, one of the first African Americans to settle in Oregon.
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African Americans in Oregon or Black Oregonians are residents of the state of Oregon who are of African American ancestry. In 2017, there were an estimated 91,000 African Americans in Oregon.[1]


Politicians from Portland meet with the Ku Klux Klan.
Politicians from Portland meet with the Ku Klux Klan.

African-Americans, like Blacks in other states, were historically discriminated against, but much more strongly contrasted to the rest of the US. When Oregon became a state in 1859, it was the only US state restricting people of certain ethnic backgrounds from owning land. From 1844 to 1936 the Government of Oregon set up restrictions prohibiting people of African descent from residing in the state, which has caused socio economic issues that still exist today.[2]

In the early 20th century, the African American population became heavily represented in the timber industry, helping to transform it into one of Oregon's most diverse trades.[3][4]

Notable African-American Oregonians

See also


  1. ^ "Blacks in Oregon". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2021-12-30.
  2. ^ "Oregon once legally banned Black people. Has the state reconciled its racist past?". National Geographic. 2021-03-08. Archived from the original on 2021-03-08. Retrieved 2021-12-30.
  3. ^ "Discover Oregon's Diverse Timber History". Travel Oregon. 2021-01-28. Retrieved 2021-12-30.
  4. ^ "The Faces of Black Oregon". Travel Oregon. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2021-12-30.