The Story of Tent City

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Title: The Story of Tent City
Author: Mims, Willie
Abstract: The story of Tent City is one of harsh treatment of African Americans who were migrating to Eugene, Oregon in the 1940s. It is a story of descrimination and racism in the West where these issues were not as visible as they were in the South. It is a story of a settlement built of scrap lumber on the muddy floodplain of the Willamette River, held together by a stong sense of community and a faith in a better future. Listen to the story of Willie Mims as he recounts his childhood life in the the settlement where Alton Baker Park sits today.
Description: 7 minutes, 39 seconds.
Date: 2006

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