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History Pub talk about slavery in the Oregon Territory on Tues., March 26
Adult Services
Posted Date: 3/15/2013

The Wilsonville Public Library, the Wilsonville/Boones Ferry Historical Society, and McMenamins have teamed up to present monthly programs focusing on Oregon’s
rich history

Join us the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at Wilsonville McMenamins’ Old Church for an engaging evening of Oregon history. Free admission, minors must be accompanied by parent. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

history pub 2013-13 - mcm"Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in Oregon Territory" with R. Gregory Nokes
Tuesday, March 26
6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Old Church at Wilsonville McMenamins

A presentation by historian and longtime journalist, R. Gregory Nokes, author of Massacred for Gold, The Chinese in Hells Canyon. His forthcoming book, “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” will be published in May 2013.

Nokes’ presentation centers around the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon’s pre-Civil War courts—Holmes v. Ford. Through the lens of this landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in Oregon and the West, reminding readers that there actually were slaves in Oregon, though relatively few in number.

greg nokes - mcmGreg Nokes retired in 2003 after 43 years in journalism, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years with The Oregonian in Portland. While with The AP, he was stationed in New York, San Juan, Buenos Aires and Washington, D.C., where he served as both an economics and diplomatic correspondent. He traveled to more than 50 countries during his career. Nokes graduated from Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a 1972 Nieman Fellow. Since retiring, he has embarked on a second career as a writer and lecturer on the experience of immigrant Chinese in the Pacific Northwest. His writings about the murders of Chinese miners has resulted in a formal designation of the massacre site as Chinese Massacre Cove. Nokes lives with his wife, Candise, in West Linn, Oregon.

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