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The Keenest Observers: "Black Legend, Black, Oregon"

Oregon Arts Commission
Intisar Abioto

Oregon bears a permanent stain from joining the union (in 1859) with black "exclusion laws" on the books.  Nobody with dark skin was allowed to live in the state. 

The laws neither got much enforcement nor lasted long, but African Americans remain a small minority.  A significant one, though... and the history of African Americans in Oregon is celebrated in the photographic display "Black Legend, Black, Oregon," on display in the governor's office through late March. 

Intisar Abioto is the photographer and artist who assembled the work.  She visits the Exchange with Rob Goodwin, the host of our regular segment The Keenest Observers. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.
Robert Goodwin is a substitute host on The Jefferson Exchange and the host of the monthly segment The Keenest Observers. In the segment, Rob leads an exploration of issues affecting people from minority communities, and how all of us think and talk about race.