03-23-2017  11:05 pm      •     
Lifelong education advocate Eveyln Crowell was celebrated at the open house for the new Center for African American Community History to open in the PCC Cascades Campus library.

Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus hosted a community open house to celebration the inauguration of the renovated Cascade Campus Library and the naming of a new Center for African American Community History in honor of longtime community leader Evelyn Crowell.

Click through the slideshow below to see pictures from the event. Photos by Jerry Foster.

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The new Center for African American Community History will be created and installed in 2017. The intention is to tell the story of the Black community in Northeast Portland from early days into the present day, including events such as the Vanport Flood.

Evelyn “Evie” Crowell had been a resident of North Portland since 1942. She was the first member of her family to attend college. After graduating in the third graduating class of Portland State University, she went on to teach and become a librarian at PSU.

Crowell has shown a life-long dedication to education through her work serving on the Portland School Board and the Oregon State Board of Trustees. She was the first African American board president of the YWCA of Greater Portland and an active member of the Portland Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Crowell has donated over $109,000 to the PCC Foundation which established an endowed scholarship in her name. She also created scholarships for technical program students at PCC Swan Island Trades Center.

The library is the final project in PCC's campus bond-funded construction program. Since the bond referendum in 2008, two buildings have been added as well as an underground parking garage. Nearly every building on campus has seen renovations and upgrades.

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