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 Oregon cusine


  • Hazelnut
  • Marion Berries
  • Dungeness crab
  • Milk
  • Baked Salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Umpqua Ice Cream
  • Cherries




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  1. Oregon's 2010 population is just over 3.8 million, a 12% increase over 2000.

  2. Oregon contains a diverse landscape including the windswept Pacific coastline, the volcanoes of the rugged and glaciated Cascade Mountain Range, many waterfalls (including Multnomah Falls), dense evergreen forests, and high desert across much of the eastern portion of the state, extending into the Great Basin.

  3. Oregon was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. Founded as a refuge from disputes over slavery, Oregon had a "whites only" clause in its original state Constitution. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, regular U.S. troops were withdrawn and sent east. Volunteer cavalry recruited in California were sent north to Oregon to keep peace and protect the populace.

  4. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Oregon in 2008 was $161.6 billion, it is the United States's 26th wealthiest state by GDP. The state's per capita personal income in 2008 was $38,801.

  5. As of April 2011, the state's unemployment rate is 9.5%. Oregon's largest for-profit employer is Intel, located in the Silicon Forest area on Portland's west side. Intel was the largest employer in Oregon until 2008. As of January 2009, the largest employer in Oregon is Providence Health & Services a non-profit.

  6. Oregon's climate—particularly in the western part of the state—is heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The climate is mild, but periods of extreme hot and cold can affect parts of the state. Oregon's population centers, which lie mostly in the western part of the state, are moist and mild, while the lightly populated high deserts of Central and Eastern Oregon are much drier.

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2017 Juneteenth Oregon Celebration

Commemorates the 152nd Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation “Bringing our Community Back 2 Life”

Juneteenth Oregon

Juneteenth Oregon

Juneteenth Oregon

Portland, Oregon ~ The Juneteenth Oregon Committee invites you to attend our Annual Juneteenth Oregon Celebration and our Annual “Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade” on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The parade will start off at Safeway parking lot located 5920 NE Marting Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 and go South on MLK and go along MLK until Russell where it will go West ending at the Juneteenth Oregon Celebration at the Legacy Emanuel Field located NE Graham & Vancouver. The parade will start at 10:45 AM and the Festival will start immediately following the parade at around Noon ending at 6:00 PM.

    Juneteenth Celebration activities include:

  • The Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade Alan Bell the owner of Hana’s Snowballs located on Beech and MLK as the Grand Marshall, The Ebony Strutters, Miss Black Oregon Talented Teen, Community Churches, Groups, Clubs and Community Organizations.

  • Live Bands & Local Artists featuring Randy Starr, 5 Grand and other local artists.

  • Food Vendors

  • Local Retail Vendors

  • Children’s area

This is a Community Event and is Free to EVERYONE and we mean EVERYONE!

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration among African Americans across the country commemorating the announcement of the end of slavery in the United States. It has been an African American tradition since the late 19th Century.

The relationship between Juneteenth Oregon and the City dates back to 1945, when Clara Peoples from Muskogee, OK while working in the shipyards during a lunch break on Juneteenth asked fellow co-workers if they knew about Juneteenth and the answer was no. She then turned to her supervisor and asked if they could be allowed to celebrate Juneteenth during their 15-minute break and it was approved. Since then, Juneteenth has been celebrated in Portland, Oregon along with a parade that was recently named The Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade.

Why is Juneteenth so important? It gives African-Americans (and indeed everyone living in America) a sense of togetherness. You don't have to be African-American to join in celebrating the anniversary of the end of slavery. Everyone is invited to celebrate this important day in black history. This year’s theme is “bringing our community back 2 life” for 2017.

We can start by coming together to learn more about our culture and what we can do as a community to educate our youth, empower our youth, love and respect one another. Juneteenth is a celebration of African American’s freedom, but it opens the door for so many other community opportunities.

This year Juneteenth Oregon will be solely operating on donations for this community event. This includes vendors. We are making this actually a free event for everyone in the community to attend, network, learn, and celebrate African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten.

If anyone would like to make a donation towards Juneteenth Oregon Celebration 2017 the gofundme link is listed below.

Juneteenth Oregon Facebook page

Juneteenth Oregon website

Juneteenth Oregon

Juneteenth Oregon


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African Americans in Construction. Learn about what it's like to work in construction as part of an apprenticeship. Trades careers offer living wage jobs! Made by Dawn Jones for Oregon Tradeswomen.
Multicultural hair extension and hair replacement specialist Quontica Sparks owns and operates NuXpressions Salon & Spa in Portland, Oregon.
Interview with artist Henry Frison in front of the site of his mural, as part of the Albina Mural Project at Alberta St and Vancouver Ave. Produced by In the Can Productions, in conjunction with the Dill Pickle Club.


Demographics of Oregon
By Race White Black American Indian Asian Hispanic
total population 78.5% 1.7% 1.1% 3.6% 11.7%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.


  1. Oregon ranks #34 as best states to live.  Source

  2. 74% of African Americans in Oregon live in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, the tri-County area that encompasses the Portland urban center.

  3. Percentage of black-owned firms, 1.2%

  4. 50.9% of Oregonians are female and 49% are male.


Oregon  Flag
The Flag of the State of Oregon

  • Flower - Oregon Grape
  • Tree - Douglas Fir
  • Song - “Oregon, My Oregon”
  • Bird - Western Meadowlark
  • Animal - Beaver
  • Insect - Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Fish - Chinook Salmon
  • Rock - Thunderegg
  • Mushroom - Pacific Golden Chanterelle
  • Beverage - Milk
  • Seashell - Oregon Hairy Triton
  • Gemstone - Sunstone
  • Dance - Square Dance
  • Nut - Hazelnut
  • Colors - Navy Blue and Gold

    Nickname: Beaver State

    Motto(s): Alis volat propriis (Latin = She flies with her own wings)

    Capital: Salem

  1. Portland
  2. Salem
  3. Eugene
  4. Gresham
  5. Beaverton

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