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Owner of Historic Mims Houses remembers civil rights struggles

The owner of the Historic Mims home in Eugene is remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and what he meant to his family.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 5:05 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 10:15 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The owner of the Historic Mims home in Eugene is remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Willie Mims' father bought the home back in 1948 from his employer at the Osborne Hotel. He was the first African American to buy a home in Eugene. 

Mims said the home has a huge significance to the community. Mims said the two houses on High Street were turned into homes for his family and other African Americans looking to settle or passing through Eugene.

He said just like Dr. King preached of equality and justice, he believes the houses represent that as well.

Mims said he hopes people will visit the homes to learn more about how things have changed over the years.

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