Voices from the Edge on 02/23/12
Gwen Trice and a Forgotten African American Community
You won't find African American loggers or Oregon's only segregated school in the public murals or other memorials to our state's history. It took a black woman from La Grande who was interested in her father's early years in Oregon to bring to light the story of Maxville, a company town near Wallowa in eastern Oregon where 50-60 African Americans lived and worked in the timber industry.
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Gwen Trice whose queries about her father turned into the documentary The Logger's Daughter. Her interviews with former Maxville residents and their descendants captures a unique time and place in Oregon history and reveals our state's past is far more diverse than we know.
Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.
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Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
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