Historical Markers Project

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Alberta Street Historical Markers Project

Project Background

On February 24, 2015, AMS held a community check-in (“Honoring Our Past, Planning Our Future”) to identify priorities for our work moving forward. At this gathering, many historically underserved and underrepresented stakeholders shared that they have not benefited from overall improvements on Alberta Street. There was a call for effective ways to embrace the rich African American history of the street.

Taking these ideas into consideration, AMS applied for and was awarded grant funding for Equitable Alberta Street, a project that expands AMS’ capacity to address issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion. A core component of this project is to honor and embrace the rich history of the African American community on Alberta Street. To begin addressing this goal, AMS is initiating an equitable placemaking project to create historical and cultural markers within the district.

There are layers of history on Alberta Street from the early twentieth century to the present that speak to the experience of African American community members. AMS seeks to honor this history through tangible cultural/historical markers in the public right of way that are inspired by stories:

  • from current or former King, Vernon, Sabin, or Concordia residents whose lives and families have been impacted by social and economic changes in the area,
  • about historically significant events on or impacting Alberta Street, or
  • that recollect a personally significant event or experience on Alberta Street.

Project Goals:

  • Honor and commemorate the history of the African American community on Alberta Street
  • Ensure authentic community involvement in creating a shared public space by engaging community members to highlight the unique history and character of our neighborhood
  • Raise community awareness about African American history on Alberta Street

Project Timeline (subject to change)

Post RFQ: October 18, 2017
RFQ Responses due: Tuesday November 21, 2017 by 3 p.m. Pacific Time
Finalist(s) selected and notified: Friday December 22, 2017
Finalist(s) Preliminary Design Proposals due: January 19, 2018
Finalist(s) Final Design Proposals due: February 19. 2018
Commission Awarded: March 9, 2018
Markers Installed: September 30, 2018

AMS reserves the right to modify this schedule as required.

“Everyone has the right to live in a great place. More importantly, everyone has the right to contribute to making the place where they already live great.” -Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces

Funding for this project generously provided by:

Oregon Arts CommissionProsper PortlandPacific Power FoundationOregon Community Foundation