New historical marker in Philomath honors early Black residents of Benton County

There's a new historical marker in Philomath that honors some early Black residents of Benton County.The marker tells the story of Reuben and Mary ...

July 25, 2022
3:36 AM

There's a new historical marker in Philomath that honors some early Black residents of Benton County.The marker tells the story of Reuben and Mary Jane Shipley. Both were enslaved when they were brought to Oregon in the mid-19th century. Both eventually gained their freedom and they later married each other. Later, the Shipleys donated land for a local cemetery, called Mt. Union Cemetery, which is still in use today. 'If you look around Benton County, there's just darn few visible markers for the contributions of Oregon's Black pioneers," said Roger Blaine, a member of the Corvallis Baháʼí Community, which helped organize the effort to create the new sign.

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