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“Breaking Chains” History of racism and slavery in Oregon

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Date(s) - February 26, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Astoria Library


In observance of Black History Month, the Astoria International Film Festival and Astoria Jazz Festival are hosting a presentation by author R. Gregory Nokes. Nokes will speak on his book, “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, at the Astoria Library. Admission is free.
“Breaking Chains” – a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award for nonfiction – addresses the long-overlooked history of racism and slavery in early Oregon. The story focuses on an 1853 slavery trial, Holmes v. Ford, in which a former slave sued his former owner to free his children, who were held as slaves in Oregon’s Polk County.
R. Gregory Nokes retired in 2003 after 43 years in journalism, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years with The Oregonian in Portland. He traveled to more than 50 countries during his career. Since retiring, Nokes has embarked on a second career as a writer and lecturer on events in the history of the Pacific Northwest.