Oregon’s Black History: 450 Years in 45 Min.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Oregon’s Black History: 450 Years in 45 Min.

Visit the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. for a special presentation on Oregon’s Black history. People of African descent have lived and worked in Oregon since before the founding of the earliest English-speaking settlements in the Americas. Despite this, the popular narrative of our state’s history excludes the experiences of African Americans before the mid 20th century. This erasure is the result of historic legal and social marginalization that contribute to the ignorance of Oregon’s Black heritage, as well as influence contemporary disparities in housing access, community investment, and policing. Zachary Stocks of Oregon Black Pioneers will attempt to correct the record by highlighting key individuals and events that characterize Oregon’s unique and centuries-old Black history.

Zachary Stocks is a public historian, interpreter, and the Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers. Zachary previously served as Program Director of Historical Seaport and Visitor Services Manager of Northwest African American Museum. He is a former intern of Colonial Williamsburg and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and is a current seasonal Park Ranger at Lewis & Clark National Historical Park. He holds a BA in History from the College of William & Mary with a certificate in Public History from the National Institute for American History and Democracy, and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington. Zachary lives in Astoria.

This event will be held at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, located at 1387 South Spruce Street, Cannon Beach, OR. Seating for this event is at a limited capacity of 50 people, however people are welcome to stop by to donate. This lecture starts promptly at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Parking for this event is extremely limited and it is encouraged to arrive early to find parking. This event is part of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s free annual lecture series sponsored by Martin North (Stephanie Inn & Stephanie Inn Dining Room, Public Coast Brewing, Public Coast Farm) and  Pelican Brewing Company that occurs every January through May. For more information about this event, visit www.cbhistory.org or call 503-436-9301.re information about this event, visit www.cbhistory.org or call 503-436-9301.