Photo: Bernd Mohr

The story of Tent City is one of harsh treatment of African Americans who were migrating to Eugene, Oregon in the 1940s. It is a story of descrimination and racism in the West where these issues were not as visible as they were in the South. It is a story of a settlement built of scrap lumber on the muddy floodplain of the Willamette River, held together by a stong sense of community and a faith in a better future.

Listen to the story of Willie Mims as he recounts his childhood life in the the settlement where Alton Baker Park sits today, here (7:39)

Explore the paper that further develops the story of this community as well as the larger issue of housing descrimination in Eugene at the time, here.

For feedback or requests for source material contact me, Andy Neary at: ayndaroo@hotmail.com

To put these stories on your Mp3 player or iPod just follow these instructions:

Windows
1)Open the web page with the audio file (the URL in your web browser will say http://blah.blah.edu/.../filename.mp3). You should see a quicktime file and hear someone talking.

2)Open the File menu, then Save As

3)Put the file on your desktop (or somewhere where you can find it again)

4)Open up iTunes (or whatever else you use to synch your iPod and your computer)

5)In iTunes, use the File menu, and Import... the mp3 file into your library

6)Synch your iPod with your music program and voila!

Mac
1)Open the web page with the audio file (the URL in your web browser will say http://blah.blah.edu/.../filename.mp3). You should see a quicktime file and hear someone talking.

2)Open the File menu, then Save As

3)Put the file on your desktop (or somewhere where you can find it again)

4)Open up iTunes

5)In iTunes, use the File menu, and Import... the mp3 file into your library

6)Synch your iPod with your music program and voila!