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[OR] Honoring African American Roots
by Richard Cockle, The Oregonian
WALLOWA -- Everybody knows loggers shout "Timber!"
But African American lumberjacks who worked in northeast Oregon in the 1920s had other ideas. They gave a distinctive "whoop and a holler," says researcher and videographer Gwen Trice, whose father and grandfather were among the loggers.
"That's what I really want to hear, is what that sounded like," said Trice, 50.
If Trice has her way, she and others will learn that and more about the little-known group of about 60 men who brought their families from the South in 1923 to the now-empty hamlet of Maxville.
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