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The 19/19 Mural

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During WW1 a sizable black population moved to Oregon, lured by jobs in the shipyards. Portland’s black population grew from 2,000 to 20,000 but after the war ended jobs for blacks disappeared and they were encouraged to leave the city. For black residents, the only choice, if they wanted to stay in Portland, was a neighborhood called Albina that had emerged as a popular place to live for the black porters who worked in nearby Union Station. It was the only place black people were allowed to buy homes. After, in 1919, the Realty Board of Portland approved a Code of Ethics forbidding Realtors and bankers from selling or giving loans to minorities for properties located in white neighborhoods. This story must be told and understood.

“Many people may not even begin to think about,
let alone understand, the inequalities.”

The racist history of Portland is only one story of inequality and discrimination.
Educating those who may not understand the struggles minorities face is only the beginning of the conversation.
This project creates a larger opportunity to discuss and acknowledge the displacement that so many cultures in this country have faced for years, and still face today.

Albina Vision Trust:
Restoring the historic lower Albina Neighborhood

A four part series that explores the history of Portland’s Albina neighborhood, the historic cultural hub of the city’s African American community, and the site of multiple waves of urban renewal and displacement. Using history as a guide, each episode tackles an important lesson from Albina’s past and juxtaposes it with the present-day work of new development plan to redesign, re-imagine, and reconnect the community to the neighborhood.

Visit the Albina Vision Trust to learn more at

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