E. Shelton Hill Oral History Interview, Part 2, July 7, 1983


A transcription of part two of an oral history interview with E. Shelton "Shelly" Hill conducted by Michael Grace and recorded on July 7, 1983. In this recording, Hill discusses working conditions on trains, unionization, his experiences in the Air Force, his education, and his participation in the Urban League of Portland. Hill was a waiter and labor recruiter for the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1941 he moved to serve in the Air Force as director of education & recreational services for Black airmen. In 1945 he transferred to the Vancouver Housing Authority as tenant relations advisor. In 1947 he began working for the Urban League of Portland, eventually serving as executive director from 1956 to 1972. The city of Portland honored him by naming February 19, 1993, as Shelly Hill Day by proclamation of Mayor Vera Katz. Visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives for more:http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oh29/hill2/index.html

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