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Black business owners fight to restore culture in Portland's historic Albina neighborhood
Albina was once hub for African Americans until gentrification

By: Alexa Liacko

Posted at 8:00 AM, Feb 26, 2021

 

and last updated 11:15 AM, Feb 26, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. — When buildings no longer tell the story of a neighborhood, we hold onto the photographs left behind. Yet, the real history lives on in the stories behind these pictures.

“I have vivid memories just right down the street here,” said Sharon Maxwell, pointing at an empty lot behind her, reminiscing on her childhood neighborhood.

The lot was once home to stores, businesses and family dwellings.

“Everything was just sort of like a roaring 20s, but in the 80s and in the 70s,” she said.