In spite of exclusion laws, small numbers of Blacks lived throughout the state.
The Early Few
Wiley Griffon and Henderson Stone are two of Eugene’s earliest Black residents. Photographs and newspaper articles recorded the facts of their lives, but no details of the racism and isolation they undoubtedly faced.
Henderson Stone owned a barbershop and bathhouse on Willamette Street. He lived with his family in a house owned by Charles Lauer, then-president of the Eugene National Bank.
Henderson Stone’s children, unnamed, pictured here in 1895. The Stones are not listed in the 1900 census; we do not know why they left Eugene.