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Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm PST, online event

"Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory"

R. Gregory Nokes, author of Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, will be the featured speaker at the next Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team) presentation on Thursday, November 19th, at 7:00 pm.  The presentation will be moderated by Mr. Malik Bell, followed by an interactive discussion.

Mr. Nokes’ book details the vehemently debated issue over whether the fledgling state of Oregon would allow slavery when its

constitution was written.  Few people are aware that there were ever Black slaves in Oregon.  Nokes tells the poignant and often painful stories of slaves uprooted from their families in Missouri and brought to Oregon to help develop farms in the Willamette Valley. The slaves expected to be freed, but many were kept in bondage for years by owners who ignored the law. 

Published in 2013, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for nonfiction.  


R. Gregory Nokes was a journalist for 43 years, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years reporting for The Oregonian newspaper.  During his career, he traveled to more than 50 countries.  Other books by Mr. Nokes include: The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett and Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon. 


You can register for this free online event by clicking the button below or by registering on Take PART’s Facebook page.  

In person Take PART events are held at the Portland Baha'i Center
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