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Underground History: Oregon Gets A Boost Preserving Black Heritage

Benton County Historical Archives via Oregon State Archives
A family portrait around 1884 of Richard and America Bogle and five of their surviving children: Arthur, Belle, Warren, Kate and Waldo.

Just because there's a Black History Month does not mean we as a country have done a great job preserving Black history. In fact, the story is quite the opposite, often one of neglecting or erasing evidence of the past and mistreatment of Black Americans.

Federal and state governments are working to correct the record; a federal agency recently gave a grant to Oregon's State Historical Preservation Office to help document and preserve Black history in the state. This is ground already well-covered by the Oregon Black Pioneers.

Kimberly Moreland, Board Vice-President of OBP, and Robert Olguin of SHPO talk about the plans for the grant in this month's edition of Underground History, our joint venture with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology. SOULA's Chelsea Rose returns.

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