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Who are the Partners?

Black Oregon Land Trust (BOLT): was created and is led by powerful Black women. BOLT’s vision is that Black farmers in Oregon own their own land. Permanently, securely, forever. With the land assured, they build their soil, their health, their wealth, and their communities for generations to come. BOLT will do this by acquiring land for Black farmers to steward in perpetuity, and connecting those farmers with training, technical assistance, equipment and infrastructure, and operating capital.

Oregon Black Pioneers (OBP): is Oregon’s only historical society dedicated to preserving and presenting the experiences of African Americans statewide. Since 1993, OBP has illuminated the seldom-told history of people of African descent in Oregon. They are inspired by the tenacity of Black Oregonians who have faced discrimination and hardship to make a life for themselves here over the past 400 years. OBP honors their sacrifices by remembering their stories and by sharing them with the public. 

Linn-Benton Counties NAACP Branch: since its founding in 1909, the NAACP has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Since the local branch’s founding in 1971, they have strived for justice and inclusive excellence by providing opportunities for members to get involved in one of many standing committees and initiatives that directly combat all forms of racial injustices and white supremacist ideologies. 

Oregon State University (OSU): Oregon State University is an international public research university located in Corvallis, Oregon with a student population of nearly 30,000. OSU leadership has acknowledged deep racial inequities and systemic racism in our nation, our state, and at our university. OSU has committed to becoming an anti-racist institution, recognizing that “We have work to do” across all three land grant missions. In addition, as an 1862 land grant university, OSU shares the national responsibility of the land grant university system to acknowledge and address Indigenous history.

The Letitia Carson Legacy Project aligns with OSU’s Strategic Plan 4.0, particularly goal 4: “A Culture of Belonging, Collaboration, and Innovation.” The LCLP has the potential to touch OSU’s full land grant mission of research, teaching, and extension. Current OSU involvement and support are as follows:

  • The Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, an Extension-based Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences, co-founded the LCLP and is OSU’s lead;
  • The College of Agricultural Sciences, which currently manages the land that was once the Carson homestead, provided financial support for the design phase;
  • The Division of Extension and Engagement also provided financial support for the design phase.
  • The College of Liberal Arts has expressed strong support, and faculty in three CLA Schools are already involved with LCLP activities.
  • The College of Forestry, which manages forest land adjacent to the Carson homestead, will provide guidance on public use of actively managed land and is also exploring a “sister” project.
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity has also expressed strong support for the project.