Preserving Black Spaces

12/01/2022 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM PT




  • Free


Join us as we learn about the latest efforts to preserve places significant to Portland's Black history. Kimberly Moreland, founder of Moreland Resource Consulting, and Caity Ewers, architectural historian, discuss the recent listings of four properties to the National Register of Historic Places, including Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and the Golden West Hotel. Michael "Chappie" Grice shares the history of the Golden West Hotel and the effort by the Friends of Golden West Hotel to preserve this historic site. The presentation ends with a discussion about future efforts to protect Black places. 

Moreland has over twenty-five years of public sector urban, historic preservation, community development, and urban planning experience. She was on the project team that produced Cornerstones of Community: The Buildings of Portland’s African American History (1995).   

Ewers is an architectural historian with Architectural Resources Group and an adjunct instructor with the University of Oregon.  

Moreland and Ewers were both involved in the African American Resources in Portland, Oregon, from 1851 to 1973 Multiple Property Documentation form (2020). They have collaborated on four National Register of Historic Places nominations for sites of significance to Portland’s Black history. 

Grice is a teacher, administrator, coach, mentor, researcher, college instructor, entrepreneur, arts advocate, raconteur, grandfather, and documentary filmmaker who has worked more than fifty years in public education.   

This event includes wine and snacks, an opportunity to view our current exhibits, and is free with a suggested $10 donation to support AHC programs. Register to join us! 

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. 

Images: (top left) Mt. Olivet Church photo by Caity Ewers; (right) Golden West Hotel, photo by Intisar Abioto.