N Russell Street, 1973

Lew’s Man Shop and the Black Panther Party Health Clinic located at 109-111 N Russell Street, 1973.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, Lew’s Man Shop / Black Panther Party Clinic 109-111 N Russell St, A2010-003, 1973.


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14 thoughts on “N Russell Street, 1973

  1. The building is gone. Not much left in this intersection except for Sloan’s across the street. The efile this photo came out of has more photos of the neighborhood before it was obliterated. There is a photo of a cupola being removed off the Drug Store at the end of this block on Russell and Williams. There is more written about the destruction of this neighborhood elsewhere. It’s very sad chapter in this city’s history. I’ll leave it at that.

  2. Well, here’s an overhead of the area. https://www.google.com/maps/search/n+russell+and+vancouver,+portland/@45.5422518,-122.6666205,157a,35y,199.12h,42.19t/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

    I can’t find the actual address, but Portland Maps sends me to that block (https://www.portlandmaps.com/detail/property/-13655295.846_5707112.49482_xy/). I’m guessing it got torn down for Emanuel (and is probably that big empty field, like so many blocks that got torn down for that hospital and then never got rebuilt).

  3. I can’t find the actual address. Portland Maps takes me to that block: https://www.portlandmaps.com/detail/property/-13655295.846_5707112.49482_xy/

    Here’s an overhead, no sign of that building: https://www.google.com/maps/place/N+Russell+St+%26+N+Vancouver+Ave,+Portland,+OR+97227/@45.5432365,-122.6664995,265a,35y,199.12h,42.1t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x5495a7458a97eb79:0xd47e09a2392fe1b2!8m2!3d45.5410407!4d-122.668003?hl=en
    It’s probably that big empty field to the north, like so many other blocks around there that were demolished for Emanuel and then never actually built.

    I’m wondering if this is that building in the background: https://www.google.com/maps/place/N+Russell+St+%26+N+Vancouver+Ave,+Portland,+OR+97227/@45.5413714,-122.6680795,104a,35y,338.24h,66.69t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x5495a7458a97eb79:0xd47e09a2392fe1b2!8m2!3d45.5410407!4d-122.668003?hl=en
    That would support the photo being of that empty lot.

  4. Oregonian — May 8, 1952
    “GUILTY PLEA ENTERED — Davis Farrell, 29, was placed on probation for three years Wednesday by Presiding Circuit Judge Eugene K. Oppenheimer after pleading guilty to a charge of burglary. Ferrell broke into Lew’s Man shop [sic], 10 N. Russell Street, on April 2. He was arrested while still on the premises.”

    That’s all I could find in the Historical Oregonian about the shop. Nice that Robin found a more positive article connected to today’s post!

  5. One part of the quiet is that nothing is there, and another is the Panthers as a lightning rod.

    As a student of the neighborhood’s history, I think it’s educational to also remember the positives of the BPP. If you think about the Germans who lived there in the first half of the 20th Century and the other white settlers who came before them, I know our memories can be kind of selective the other way, too.

  6. .This photo “A related post showing buildings on N. Williams at Russell in 1971” appears to be looking South on Williams Ave.

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