Interview with Vanport flood survivor Ed Washington

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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 12:00am
Ed Washington, Vanport flood survivor

Ed Washington was a child living in Vanport, Oregon, in 1948, when the Columbia River flooded into the largest public housing project in the U-S at the time, leaving 18,500 people homeless, a large number of whom were black. The event changed race relations in Portland forever. 

He speaks with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg about life in Vanport, and the Memorial Day flood of 1948.

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