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Black Friday An Opportunity To Celebrate Black History In Eugene

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.

NAACP President Eric Richardson:

“I think the Mims Memorial, a significant historic marker, I believe for the state of Oregon. And so, by opening out on the season, families will be able to come in and just see the path that Oregon’s on. We’re trying to go to a better place. We’ve had very segregative laws in the past.”

Credit Rachael McDonald
The Mims Memorial was installed last summer at Mims House.

The Mims House was home to one of the earliest black families in Eugene, and the family hosted jazz greats including Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. The house is on the state historic registry.  
Richardson is making sweet potato pie. There will be hot chocolate and tours of Mims house.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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