June 24, 2011

via KATU A popular inner-city park with a rich history was recently rededicated to honor its namesake, a man who stood for civil liberties at a time when Portland's racial tensions were high.

"Portland in 1940 and 1950 was very different from what we see today," Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith said at a June 17 ceremony to recognize the late Dr. DeNorval Unthank and rededicate the park in his name.

Unthank Park, a 4.50-acre greenspace at 510 N. Shaver Street, is the focus for this week's installment of our Portland parks series. We attended the rededication ceremony to learn more about Dr. Unthank (1899-1977) and his legacy to the city. You can view pictures from the event in the photo gallery.