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Digital Exhibit: Movement and Resistance in 20th Century Albina

November 11, 2020

  • Portlanders Protest Planned Closure of Tubman Middle School, 1981
    Image courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society.

Watzek Library

Albina was the center of Black life in Portland through most of the twentieth century. City-led urban renewal efforts and systematic disinvestment by financial institutions have led to displacement of the neighborhood’s Black residents. Yet through all this runs a thread of resistance by Albina’s Black community.

This digital exhibit, created by Watzek’s Special Collections and Archives in support of the 17th Annual Ray Warren Symposium at Lewis & Clark, seeks to depict ninety years of Albina’s history with a special focus on acts of resistance by Albina’s Black residents.

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