Brown Bag is a free event that feature informal presentations and discussions on Thursday Pearl Marsh will speak and sign copies of her new book, But Not Jim Crow: Family Memories of African American Loggers in Maxville, Oregon. Pearl grew up and went to the first six grades in Wallowa, Oregon, later moved with her family to California, and then earned a Phd in Political Science from the University of California. She retired in 2013 as a Policy Advisor on African Affairs with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations.
Since retirement, Pearl has worked to trace the families and tell the stories of Maxville, the Bowman-Hicks logging town outside of Wallowa that brought African-American workers to the country in the 1920s. Two years ago she held a riveted crowd of Joseph junior and senior high students in their chairs with stories of friendships--and hardships of growing up black in Wallowa in the 1940s and ‘50s. As tough as things sometimes were, Pearl told them, their lives were much better than those of relatives and friends they left behind in the true South.
Brown Bag programs are free and open to the public at the Josephy Center on Main Street in Joseph, Oregon.