Chinese immigrants were instrumental in building the West, but they faced unprecedented legalized discrimination and violence. In 1887, a gang of Wallowa County men killed as many a 34 Chinese gold miners along the Snake River. For over a century the murders were covered up, and no one was held accountable. Today, the massacre at Hells Canyon is finally acknowledged.more
Oregon Experience, entered its 11th season this past fall, 2016.
The series continues to bring to life stories that help us understand this place where we live and those that have played key roles in its history and legacy.
Oregon Experience's documentary, Massacre at Hells Canyon, airs on OPB-TV Monday January 23rd. In 1887, a gang of Wallowa County men killed as many as 34 Chinese gold miners along the Snake River. For over a century the murders were covered up, and no one was held accountable. Today, the massacre at Hells Canyon is finally acknowledged.
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