The Historic Black Williams Project acknowledges the complex and changing history of Williams Avenue and honors the role Portland’s Black community has played in this history. Home to Portland’s largest Black community for most of the 20th century, Williams Avenue included a concentration of thriving and active community institutions. Only a handful of these still exist, but their history and the values of the people that built and cherished them live on. The art installation includes 30 mounted signs and 10 sidewalk tiles on Williams Avenue between NE Broadway and N Killingsworth that represent the history and values of Black Portland. A multimedia information-sharing component will soon follow. We hope this history inspires new intergenerational and cultural exchanges and sparks new initiatives and entrepreneurial endeavours to strengthen Portland’s Black community. Find out more about the project here.