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Hidden History: VANPORT FLOOD

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Vanport: A Community on the Move with Mariah Rocker of Oregon Black Pioneers.
During WWII, the influx of industrial labor in Portland lead to the creation of the largest federal housing project in history at that time: Vanport. In the early 1940s, this diverse community was the second-largest city in Oregon. By 1948, a devastating flood washed the city away. This presentation focuses on the Black community of Vanport before and after the flood, highlighting their experiences and the community’s relationship with Portland.
About OBP: Oregon Black Pioneers is Oregon’s only historical society dedicated to preserving and presenting the experiences of African Americans statewide. For more than 30 years, they have illuminated the seldom-told stories of people of African descent in Oregon through our engaging exhibits, public programs, publications, and historical research.
Presented By:
Mariah Rocker, Public Programs and Exhibits Manager at Oregon Black Pioneers.
Mariah Rocker is the Public Programs and Exhibits Manager at Oregon Black Pioneers. With a bachelor’s in Public Relations and a bachelor’s in Sociology, Mariah’s passion for uncovering and sharing the stories of marginalized communities is evident in both her professional and personal pursuits. In her free time, Mariah channels the strength and resilience of historical icons by dressing up as them, and also enjoys crafting handmade miniatures.
This event is free but donations are always appreciated!


May 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The History Museum of Hood River County


The History Museum of Hood River County
300 E Port Marina Dr
Hood River, OR 97031 United States
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