WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, STRONGLY SUPPORT CREATION OF THE GOLDEN WEST AFRICAN AMERICAN
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Title: WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, STRONGLY SUPPORT CREATION OF THE GOLDEN WEST AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORIC LANDMARK DISTRICT
Description: We the undersigned support the creation of the “Golden West African American Historic Landmark District” in Portland, Oregon, to commemorate a culturally significant neighborhood in the history of Oregon and of the nation from the years 1880 until 1940 and the start of WW II.
This District has the Golden West Hotel as its Landmark centerpiece, and is directly associated with the historic Union Railroad Station to the north. Proposed District boundaries are NW 3rd Avenue on the east; NW 10th Avenue on the west; NW Glisan Street on the north; and NW Everett Street on the south.
We believe this designation should exist at the local level (Portland or Multnomah County) as well as at state and national levels because of this District’s association with the nation’s Black history, railroad history, and with key figures in the Black history and railroad history of Portland and of Oregon. Further, we believe this designation should directly benefit the existing landowners and businesses within the proposed Historic Landmark District and that tax breaks and local investments be made in preserving the architectural condition of these buildings, as well as to further research and develop the rich history of the people and businesses who occupied this neighborhood from the time of the arrival of the railroad until the Great Depression.
My signature on this petition is in direct support of Historic Landmark status for the Golden West African American District and that immediate efforts be made by the City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, and US National Park Service to achieve this distinction.
Map and Legend (petition, p.2): July 23, 2015 Walking Tour Map (Alberta Street Report, p. 101) (PDF) Golden West Historical District (Map 5.4) in downtown Portland is not included in the study area, but is a significant neighborhood regarding African American history and culture in Portland and in Oregon. A walking tour of this area led by Will Bennett (Table 2.2) on July 28 convinced crew members that this is an important group of historical buildings (especially the Railroad Station and the Golden West Hotel), and should receive greater attention from the local Black community Golden West Historical District (Map 5.4) in downtown Portland is not included in the study area, but is a significant neighborhood regarding African American history and culture in Portland and in Oregon.
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