In an effort to tell an inclusive story of Oregon's past, Restore Oregon, Oregon’s only statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization, is launching the Albina Preservation Initiative—a collaborative program dedicated to researching, celebrating, and educating people about Black history and preservation in Oregon.
Decades of exclusion have led to an egregious lack of recognition and preservation of Oregon’s physical and cultural heritage. Both are vital ingredients to building a successful, dynamic society, particularly among Oregon's Black residents. Partnering with the University of Oregon (UO) Just Futures Institute, Oregon Black Pioneers, Moreland Resource Consulting, Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation Program, and the Architectural Heritage Center, The Albina Preservation Initiative is a step forward in making preservation work better for Black communities and will be a transformative shift for Oregon. “This three-part project helps to document and share Black preservation methods and stories with the public, create a safe space for difficult discussions regarding Oregon’s racist past, and establish a path forward for inclusive preservation statewide,” said Nicole Possert, executive director for Restore Oregon.
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