Albina Riot of 1967


The Albina Riot of 1967 occurred in the Albina District of Portland, Oregon, during a year when other cities were experiencing similar civil right demonstrations and urban unrest.[1]

Albina Riot of 1967
Part of Long, hot summer of 1967
DateJuly 30, 1967
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
Mayor of Portland

Governor of Oregon

Damage$50,000 in property damage dealt


On July 30, 1967, a group of 100 to 150 people gathered in Irving Park. They were there to hear speakers from Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco talk about civil rights, poverty and unemployment, institutionalized discrimination, and police brutality.[2][3]

In addition to other activist leaders, attendees expected Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information for the Black Panther Party, to make an appearance at the event. After days of rumors there would be civil unrest at the event, parents, ministers, and community leaders urged people to stay home. Police increased their patrols and were present at the event.[4] Cleaver did not appear and tensions increased; young people threw rocks and bottles at the police. The disturbance quickly escalated when the group moved to nearby Union Avenue and set fires, broke windows, and looted a stereo store.[2] The next night saw similar unrest and damage, but the police responded immediately. Mayor Terry Schrunk and Governor Tom McCall alerted the National Guard and State Police and asked them to remain close enough to respond within 10 to 15 minutes if they were needed.[2]

The incident left some businesses permanently closed. The riots resulted in 115 arrests and over $50,000 in damaged property.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Holley, Santi Elijah (June 21, 2017). "'Burn the Town Down'". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  2. ^ a b c Serbulo, Leanne; Gibson, Karen (Spring 2013). "Black and Blue: Police-Community Relations in Portland's Albina District, 1964–1985". Oregon Historical Quarterly. 114 (1): 6–37.
  3. ^ a b "Albina Riot, Portland, Oregon (1967)". BlackPast. November 26, 2017. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  4. ^ "Albina Riot, 1967". Oregon History Project. Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved 2019-02-06.

Further readingEdit

  • Joshua Joe Bryan. Portland, Oregon's Long Hot Summers: Racial Unrest and Public Response, 1967 - 1969