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Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers Zachary Stocks will present the story of Julia Shorey and her children, Victoria and William, who were residents of Hammond in the early 1900s—one of the few African American families in Clatsop County at that time.
Julia Shorey was the widow of Captain William T. Shorey, known affectionately as the “Black Ahab.”    He became the only black captain operating on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1880s and 1890s.   The John and Winthrop was the only whaling ship in the world to be manned entirely by an African American crew.
Zachary Stocks is a public historian and the Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers. Zachary previously served as Program Director of Historical Seaport and Visitor Services Manager of Northwest African American Museum. He is a former Colonial Williamsburg and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History intern and a former seasonal Park Ranger at Lewis & Clark National Historical Park. He holds a BA in History from the College of William & Mary with a certificate in Public History from the National Institute for American History and Democracy, and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington.
The Clatsop County Historical Society’s TNT lecture series is a free event at Fort George Brewery on the third Thursday of each month, October-June. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with lectures beginning at 7:00 pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food, and other beverages are available for purchase. Minors are welcome with an accompanying adult.
For more information about this event or other Clatsop County Historical Society activities, please call 503-325-2203 or e-mail: marketing@astoriamuseums.org

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