Mims House

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The history and legacy of the African American community in Eugene dates back to at least the 1890s. Now, there’s an effort to preserve the historic property of one Black family in particular – the Mims.

Photo by Eric Alan

Families can get a taste of Eugene history this Friday amid Thanksgiving leftovers and shopping.
The Eugene / Springfield NAACP is having an open house on Black Friday. They’re opening the historic Mims House near Skinner’s Butte in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Mims House became the first black-owned property in Eugene in 1948, after previous ordinances prohibited people of color from purchasing property or living within city limits. Eric Alan speaks with Willie Mims about the living history there, including visits from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.