Otto Rutherford, UH Leverett, and Oliver E. Smith


Leaders of the Portland NAACP, Otto Rutherford, U.H. Leverett, and Oliver E. Smith. The NAACP was instrumental in the civil rights laws during the 1950s and 1960s, including the Public Accommodations Bill in Oregon. Otto Rutherford was also a member of the union of cooks and waiters forced to meet secretly in the Holiday Barbershop. This photograph was taken in December 1953. It was originally published in the Oregon Journal. Learn more about the signing of Oregon's Civil Rights Bill from the Oregon Encyclopedia

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  • 13553; Oregon Journal Photographs Collection; Org. Lot 1027

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