June 23, 2021

New mural honors Portland’s Black business owners

Community members held a celebration for the mural, which pays tribute to past, present and future Black-owned businesses in Portland.

PORTLAND, Oregon — There’s a new mural on the corner of Northeast Shaver Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland. It’s big, bright and colorful, like the lives of those depicted on it — Black business owners who paved the way for future generations.

“This is Portland history,” said Cobi Lewis, executive director of Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO), whose building the mural is painted on.

MESO provides business support for underserved entrepreneurs. The nonprofit helped Jimmy Wilson get his food cart business, Jimmy’s Corner on…

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