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O.B. Williams anniversary party

The Vancouver Baptist Church congregation celebrated the 30th anniversary of O.B. Williams as pastor in 1975. Williams formed the congregation in 1945 in Burton Homes, Washington, and facilitated its permanent move to Albina in Portland. He served as an important community and civil rights leader throughout his tenure as pastor.

First Baptist Church of Burton Homes

The Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church began as the First Baptist Church of Burton Homes, a federal wartime housing project managed by the Vancouver Housing Authority (Washington state). Most of the people in this 1945 photo of an early service were employees of the Kaiser Shipyards. The church moved to the Bagley Downs housing project later that year, then to Vanport City in 1946, and finally to the Albina neighborhood in Portland after Vanport was flooded in 1948. The current building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance to the history of civil rights in Oregon.

Charles Richard Stanton

First Lt. Charles Richard Stanton was the first black bomber pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces—he flew 81 combat missions in Europe during WWII. He was born in Maryland in 1920, but had moved with this family to Portland by the 1930s. He enlisted in 1942 into the Air Corps for the duration of the war, plus six months. He died in 1991, and is buried at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Female shipyard worker

An unidentified female employee of a shipyard in Portland during WWII takes a lunch break. Women were recruited into wartime industry jobs when men were sent overseas. Portland’s shipyards attracted thousands of women and African American workers looking for skilled, high-wage jobs.

Booker T. Washington

Half-length portrait of Booker T. Washington, seated and facing to the right. He is wearing a suit and bow tie. Written on the negative sleeve is the name “Washington, Booker T.”

Booker T. Washington

Half-length portrait of Booker T. Washington, seated and looking slightly left. He is wearing a suit and bow tie. Written on the negative sleeve is the name “Washington, Booker T.”

Drummer at his kit

Portrait of an unidentified drummer in a suit and tie, seated behind his drums. He is smiling and holding one drumstick in the air. Text that appears to be “A 2655” is written on the negative and is visible on the upper right side of the image.

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