Black History Month by BIKETOWN

Explore some of Portland's African-American history during Black History Month with this self-guided tour.

Take a ride on BIKETOWNpdx and discover the early history of African-American women in Portland. In Her Steps, a self-guided tour created by the Monumental Women Senior Capstone at PSU in 2013, takes a look at 15 African-American women activists, community leaders and places that shaped this incredible history from 1900-1940. Both routes are an easy ride on BIKETOWNpdx and explore locations in downtown, Old Town and North/Northeast Portland.

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To follow along downtown, depart from the station at SW 18th & Jefferson and ride to stop 1 on the guide at 1517 SW 17th Ave (note the corrected house number). From there you can find each location as you like, ending at the Union Station station.

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The route in North/Northeast Portland begins at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. Pick up a bike at the NE Wheeler & Multnomah station outside the Moda Center and make your way there. Follow the route as you like, ending at the NE MLK & Knott station.

These routes can each be completed in 90 minutes or less. If you're an annual member you've got that covered. If you want to use a Day Pass that will give you plenty of time as well. Don't forget to use the HOLD feature if you make a stop along the way for a snack or coffee.

You may also enjoy a little more information about a few of the individuals you'll meet along this route. The Portland Tribune covered them here.

And here's a cool slideshow with photos of the places on the tour as they look then and now to help you identify places along the route today.