DeBonne Gras Service Club, 1967

DeBonne Gras Service Club members Frances Scott (l) and Arvella English with Thanksgiving groceries, 1967. The club gave to needy citizens in the inner north/northeast Albina area.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2010-003.4543.


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9 thoughts on “DeBonne Gras Service Club, 1967

  1. I don’t know about the site plan on the wall behind the ladies, but on the left side of the photo there’s another site plan (in color) which might be the plan for Unthank Park near the corner of Failing & Haight. Land for this park, named after DeNorval Unthank, was acquired by the City of Portland in 1966 and named for Unthank in 1969. A prominent African American doctor and community leader, Unthank was one of the first black doctors in Oregon.

  2. The DeBonne Grace club was formed in 1966 when a group of 13 women banded together to serve and improve the King School community (then Highland School) “willingly and with good grace” (Oregonian 11/16/68)

  3. Robert G: I believe the site plan behind the ladies is Unthank Park. The VP photo from 1/25/16 has 3 men standing in front of the same site plan, and blocking it also, but if you compare the line drawings that represent houses on the perimeter of the park you will see a match with the photo today.

  4. Robert G: Much has changed with Unthank Park in the last 50 years, if you check the 2 links that commenter Jim left on the 1/25/16 VP photo there are several photos of Unthank Park showing what it was like when built.

  5. Damn…Wednesday,Thursday and Friday off. I was in the wrong business my whole life. We only got Thangsgiving off.

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