How much do you know about the history of the neighborhood where we live, work, shop and dine? The Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland stand in what was once the City of Albina, a thriving black community that stretched from Columbia Boulevard to Halsey Street, and from the Portsmouth area to what is now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Gentrification and other rapid changes to the city have altered the face of this area, but much of its heart and soul remains both in the form of its historic locations and in the residents who still live here.
Organized by Know Your City, an organization working to engage the public in art and social justice through creative peacemaking projects, the Hidden History of Albina Tour will take place on Sunday, July 9th 2017 from 12pm to 2pm starting at Little Big Burger on North Mississippi Avenue.
Walk through the streets of Albina to see the only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, one of the only remaining black-owned businesses on North Mississippi, the historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland and more. You’ll learn about the roots of the community, including the City of Albina’s history and that of Vanport, the wartime public housing community that once stood at the site of Delta Park and the Portland International Raceway, which was destroyed by a devastating flood in 1948.
You don’t want to miss this tour! Purchase tickets in advance at Eventbrite.
Pictured: Albina in 1909, via the Oregon History Project