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Honoring the Black History of Williams Ave. Art Unveiling

Dawson Park
N Stanton St & Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227, US (map)

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You are Invited to a Community Celebration!

Williams Ave. was once the vibrant heart of Portland’s Black community. Formerly known as the “Black Broadway,” the corridor included a concentration of Black churches, businesses, social service organizations and nightclubs that were thriving and active community institutions.

Although the landscape has changed, there is much to remember, celebrate and build upon. In 2012, the Williams Ave. Safety Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee recommended to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that these stories be honored through an art history project that would have a prominent place on the corridor. Thus, the community-led Honoring History of Williams Ave. Committee and the Historic Black Williams Project were born.

Since then, local artists Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton Davis have been collecting stories, memories and histories from Black community members. Their artwork is now complete and ready for installation. We hope that this project will serve as both a visual archive and an inspiration for future community efforts.Please join us on June 3rd as we honor this history and project contributors. During this event we will have a brief speaking program and then launch group and self guided walks of the corridor to view the 40 art pieces. A map of the art walk will be available at the event and posted online.

This project is supported by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/historicblackwilliamsproject http://blackwilliamsproject.com

For more information, please contact: historicblackwilliamsproject@portlandoregon.gov
(503) 823-4239

For media inquiries, please contact Dylan Rivera at dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3723.

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