Black United Front Oral History Project
The Rutherford Family: Early Life in Portland
Verdell Burdine Rutherford’s collection of family photos offer glimpses of middle-class African American life in mid-century Portland. However, racial discrimination in employment and public accommodations was legal in Oregon until 1953, and Portland remained a largely segregated city thereafter.
Charlotte grew up in a house on NE 9th and Shaver in the King neighborhood, part of Portland's Albina District. She still owns the family home, which has been in her family for nearly a century.