E. Shelton "Shelly" Hill was a former waiter and labor recruiter for the Union Pacific Railroad. After spending several summers in Portland he moved to Vanport in 1941 to serve in the Air Force as director of education & recreational services for Black airmen. He transferred to the Vancouver Housing Authority in 1945 as tenant relations advisor. Most notably Shelly Hill worked began working for Urban League of Portland in 1947; first in helping African Americans access jobs in fields they were previously excluded from as Director Industrial Relations & then 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. (Cornerstones of the Community, OSU Urban League Records ). In this photo, taken in 1961, A Mina Temple Shriner presents E. Shelton Hill with the Outstanding Community Service Award in Race Relations. Visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives for more: https://oregondigital.org/catalog/oregondigital:df709q19n
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