Slide showing a black man being whipped under Oregon's Lash Law
Not many people know about the Lash Law, which subjected Black people on Oregon to whippings every 6 months until they left the state.

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The Provisional Government of Oregon declared slavery illegal. Slave owners were required to free enslaved Black people within 3 years. However, also included was the infamous “Lash Law,” requiring that Black people – be they free or enslaved – be whipped twice a year “until he or she shall quit the territory” – later changed to forced labor.

In 1858, the first Exclusion Law was passed, forbidding Black people from moving to Oregon.

Jacob Vanderpool, a Black saloon keeper in Salem, was the only person known to have been kicked out of the state.

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