CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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The Portland Observer Feb. 8, 2017
A historic center of Portland’s black community is seeking recognition and revitalization this year. The Billy Webb Elks Lodge has embarked on a membership drive to bring new life to the longtime community space that was born from Portland’s segregated past and is a key social landmark today. Work also is underway to add the building to the National Register of Historic Places.
Black Elks took over the site in the 1940s and named it after Billy Webb, one of the great jazz musicians of his day.
LODGE PUBLIC EVENTS
Saturday, February 18 9:00 PM Back To The Future – A Soul Train Experience
Saturday, December 31 9:00 PM New Years Eve 2017! Featuring Main Squeeze
Thursday, December 29 6:00 PM Men’s Membership Drive
HISTORY OF BILLY WEBB ELKS LODGE
Corbett, Exalted Ruler of Billy Webb Elks Lodge #150, Portland, 1950
Courtesy Oregon Hist. Soc. Research Lib., 001507
The Billy Webb Elks Lodge, a modest, shingle-sided building located at 6 North Tillamook Street in Portland, is a reminder of the city’s largely segregated history and is a key historical landmark for the African American community.
“It is one of the most significant African American historic buildings in the Pacific Northwest,” said Cathy Galbraith, director of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, an architectural preservation advocacy group in Portland.
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