Portland has been an interesting place to be lately, to say the least. For Kerry Tymchuk, the Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society, Sunday night’s riots proved disheartening.
The museum on Park Avenue was attacked, windows were broken, flares were tossed in and an item was removed. The piece that was taken was an “Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt,” according to a post by the OHS.
When found, the quilt was dirty, wet and torn in some places. The museum hopes it can be repaired and displayed once again. Despite that, though, Tymchuk considers the damage minor, considering what could have happened.
“We were lucky,” Tymchuk told Willamette Week. “The whole place could have gone up in flames.”
Tymchuk was disappointed that they were vandalized, given that they don’t sugar-coat the questionable parts of the