A People’s History of Portland highlights the roots of Portland’s downtown immigrant and working class communities, and celebrates the ongoing decades of social justice leaders and grassroots movements.
Before Portland was known for Portlandia, the foundation of the city was built by immigrant labor.This tour tells Portland’s story from the viewpoint of Chinese people, Japanese people, African American people, Jewish people, and LGBTQ communities, whose histories are often left out of the mainstream. A People’s History of Portland tour challenges you to take a closer look at Portland and how we got to where we are today.
- Portland’s “Old” and “New” Chinatowns
- The site of Portland’s first African American community
- “Nihonmachi,” Portland’s Japantown
- LGBTQ roots in Old Town
- Jewish roots in Portland
- Marie Equi in Portland and early Portland women’s history