EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene/Springfield chapter of the NAACP dedicated a new community garden to Annie Mims in North Eugene at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. This event took place right on the grounds of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
"The NAACP has been committed for 111 years to work in the community to build bridges of understanding and sustainability," said Executive Director Eric Richardson.
The national NAACP has supported enivornmental justice initatives since 2009. But Richardson said that this garden is also meant to address food insecurity, which has worsened since the pandemic.
"The goal is we hope that community members who need extra food can come here at will, any time of day," Richardson said.
The garden is free and open to the public.
"We think that many community members do not have the resources to buy fresh vegetables as it's growing more and more expensive," President Ibrahim Coulibaly said. "This gives them the opportunity to come grow their own food while having fun with kids and neighbors."
This event was in partnership with White Bird Clinic, HIV Alliance, Nurturely and River Road Community Organization. At least two dozen community members came out in support of the event.
Annie Mims was one the first African American property owners in Eugene.