This talk will explore the Black preservation movement as it is taking place in Oregon through the lens of recent work and advocacy by historian and preservationist Kimberly Moreland and artist, photographer, and curator, Intisar Abioto. Oregon’s Black communities have existed since the founding of the state despite Oregon’s founding constitutional exclusion laws barring Black presence and migration. Black historians, activists, artists, and community members have long worked - across generations - to affirm, support, and celebrate Black life through research, place-making, and the preservation of historic buildings and sites of Black life in Oregon. Their stories are vital to reversing the destructive narrative that Black life is not a part of Portland’s lived and built environment - past, present, and future. This talk will move through both historic and recent projects, endeavors, and efforts to preserve and activate historic sites as an outcropping of the movement to celebrate and support Oregon’s diverse Black communities today.
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204