Willie Mims

Deonna Anderson/KLCC

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.

The Mosaic: Black Activism in Eugene

Jun 6, 2016

Recorded on: July 3, 2016

Air Date: July 6th, 2016

Speakers:

  • Tarik Richardson, UO Gilman Scholar
  • Shaniece Curry, Black Women of Achievement
  • Willie Mims, Trustee, Mims Historical Houses
  • Eric Richardson, President, NAACP of Eugene and Springfield

Coordinator:  Mary Leighton

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.