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Commissioners vote to honor first Black neighborhood

The neighborhood was destroyed at the direction of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, displacing 65 people of color.

Posted: Feb 2, 2021 4:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to officially acknowledge the destruction and honor the history of the county’s first Black neighborhood.

The neighborhood was known as the Ferry Street Village. It was destroyed in 1949 at the direction of the Lane County Board of Commissioners to make way for a new Ferry Street Bridge.

A bulldozer entered the village and destroyed homes. Many residents were only able to rescue a few of their belongings and were displaced to areas typically without water or electricity.

An article from the time says there were 65 people of color living in the neighborhood.

The board is working with the NAACP and the City of Eugene to put a memorial and walking tour in the area.

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