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Amended Marker Will Highlight First African In Oregon

OPB | Aug. 28, 2013 2:54 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 4:09 p.m. | Tillamook, Oregon

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A nonprofit agency has successfully lobbied the state to make a historical marker near Tillamook Bay more representative of the state’s diversity.

The Statesman Journal reports that the sign will now note the first documented time a person of African descent visited the state.

Markus Lopeus came to Oregon in 1788 aboard the Lady Washington. He died during the visit when the crew skirmished with Indians.

Though his time in Oregon was brief, the group behind sign change says Lopeus represents all of the African-Americans before and after him who helped shape the state.  

The historical marker will be dedicated Sept. 12. 

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