The Black community in North Portland has a rich and diverse culture built on friendships, business and social connections – all of which have been adversely affected by urban development and gentrification. This bus tour educates participants as to the rise, fall and efforts to reunite Portland’s Black neighborhoods.
Sites include the Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church for storytelling and song by community elders, and a soul food lunch (not included in ticket price) with local legendary jazz musicians at a local Masonic Lodge. Afterwards, board the bus and learn about many sites of historical importance, including homes and businesses of prominent African Americans, hotels and shipyards, and the former site of Vanport City.
10AM – 11AM
Walking tour of downtown
Depart from Union Station. Tour downtown historical black landmarks and shipyards/waterfront area sightseeing with guide.
11:10AM – 12:15PM
Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church
Hughes memorial elder storytelling and soul food buffet. Speaking on topics of Religion and Portland’s Black Community. Church leadership and Business /Economic Legacy. Ride through Irvington, Unthank and Williams neighborhoods.
12:20PM – 12:45PM
Digitizing your family history
Stop at a Masonic Lodge for a talk by Hazina Management on their history preservation project, focused on sharing memories for future generations. Meet and greet with neighbors, then see locations in Albina, Mississippi and Piedmont neighborhoods, including local parks.
1:00PM – 1:35PM
Portland Black Arts and Culture
Pre-screening of Obo Addy Legacy project at Elks Lodge. Guests will speak to history of the club, music and location’s significance to the Portland Black Community. Ride through MLK and Alberta areas.
2:15PM – 3:35PM
Bruce Broussard speaks about Portland’s political history and civic engagement, the military and Black unions.