Black History Walking Tour of Jacksonville, Oregon

Join Oregon Black Pioneers for the second stop on our statewide walking tour series. This time, we’re headed to the historic gold mining town of Jacksonville in Jackson County’s Applegate Valley.

Led by OBP Public Programs Manager Mariah Rocker, this two-hour, 1-mile loop will make stops at locations connected to the town’s Black history. The tour will begin at the Jacksonville Cemetery before moving to the Jackson Creek Junction Gazebo. Vehicle transport is encouraged to avoid walking up and down the steep cemetery road. The rest of the tour, starting at Jackson Creek Junction Gazebo, will be on foot.

Guests will discover more about pioneers Ben Johnson, Charles Blockwell, Sam Vose, and other members of one of the first Black communities in the state.


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