6 thoughts on “Vanport, 1943

  1. Does anyone know if the schools at Vanport were segregated? Because some of the photos show mixed children playing together and some, like this one, show only white kids.

  2. No, the schools were not segregated. This photo was taken in 1943, soon after it opened, and not many blacks were in residence yet. The majority of the early arrivals were either single or left their families back home until they were established. Also, only 25% of the population was black at it’s highest point and that wasn’t until 1945.

  3. My next door neighbor was a Vanport resident during the flood. Her parents had 6 children and initially her father commuted from Salem to Vanport and drove home on the weekends; this became too difficult however so
    he moved the whole family to Vanport.

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