Stan Fonseca

Stan Fonseca graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in History in 2015. His areas of expertise include Portland history, African American social and cultural history, and the history of the World War II homefront.

Author's Entries

  • Black Cowboys in Oregon

    The history of African American cowboys in Oregon begins well past the state’s frontier era. There were almost no Black cowboys in Oregon during the nineteenth century and only a few during the twentieth century, when cowboys became entertainment figures. Nevertheless, the existence of Black cowboys in Oregon provides an …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

    First African Methodist Episcopal Zion is Portland's oldest African American church. Founded in 1862 as the People’s Church, the congregation first met in Mary Carr’s boardinghouse on First Ave near "A" Street (now Ankeny Street) on the west waterfront. The congregation moved three more times—including to North Williams Avenue—before settling on North …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Golden West Hotel

    The Golden West Hotel, located at Northwest Broadway and Everett Streets in Portland, was the first hotel in the city to accommodate African American patrons. For twenty-five years, from 1906 through 1931, it was a social center and a focal point of the Black community, a place for African Americans of …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • William McClendon (1915-1996)

    William McClendon was a writer, journalist, intellectual, activist, and jazz musician who was a prominent member of Portland’s civil rights community from 1938 until his death in 1996. He was the founder and editor of the Portland Observer, a short-lived but vitally important newspaper that focused on issues facing …

    Oregon Encyclopedia