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Social Justice

Black Friday An Opportunity To Celebrate Black History In Eugene

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Photo by Eric Alan
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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.”

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Credit Rachael McDonald
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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.
 

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