The privilege of “setting the record straight” for an historical figure or event that has been unjustly forgotten is one of the real honors of working with the Oregon Encyclopedia. Francis Murnane is one such figure. A devoted Leftist, anti-racist, trade unionist, historical preservationist and labour leader, Murnane’s impact on the city of Portland is profound. It is my hope that his entry in the Oregon Encyclopedia might help to remind the city of his substantial legacy.
Very special thanks to Michael Munk for his assistance and fact-checking this entry.