Ninth Annual George McMath Award Luncheon


Honoring the Oregon Black Pioneers


Please join alumni, preservation professionals, students, and friends in the celebration of this important organization.

Oregon Black Pioneers, the state’s premier organization dedicated to illuminating African Americans’ contributions to Oregon’s history, will be honored with the 2017 George McMath Historic Preservation Award.

Tickets: $50

Reservation deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017.

Proceeds support the Historic Preservation Program.

If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation to the UO Foundation for the Historic Preservation Program by visiting our website:

Parking will be available for purchase at the Smart Park at NW Naito Parkway and NW Davis Street. 

The Oregon Black Pioneers is the state’s premier organization dedicated to illuminating African Americans’ contributions to Oregon’s history.

Since 1993, the Oregon Black Pioneers, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization based in Salem, has produced publications, mounted exhibitions, presented lectures, sponsored conferences, organized musical and theater productions, delivered classroom presentations and curriculum to public schools, and recognized burial sites for Black pioneers in Salem. Their dedication to shedding light on Oregon’s African American pioneers has revealed a rich history that enriches the experience of all Oregonians.

Former Oregon First Lady Mary Oberst wrote in her nomination letter, “Oregon Black Pioneers is a group of trailblazers—illuminating corners of Oregon history that have never seen the light.” Their work has been recognized by historic and public affairs organizations in Oregon. In 2009, they received the David Duniway Award for Historic Preservation presented by the Marion County Historical society and the Education Award from the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs. In 2010, American Legacy magazine recognized the organization with the Heritage Award. 

Questions? Contact the School of Architecture and Allied Arts Office of Development at (541) 346-3697 or

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Amanda Baca
105 Lawrence Hall
5235 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Date & Location

Date: 5/17/2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Event Room

White Stag Block 70 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209