Local Histories- Lighter Brown, Darker Brown

In the 1970’s Eugene, Oregon hosted a chain of restaurants owned by two pastors, one, a white man named Pastor Brown, the other, an African American man called Norman ‘Snake’ Brooks. Lighter Brown, Darker Brown, you see. The restaurants were cash only, open 24 hours, and serviced primarily young people, offering huge portions at small prices.
Before the end of the decade Pastor Brown would disappear from the area and Snake Brooks would be chased out of his massive network of tunnels and caves in which he resided with his 29 wives and many children, arrested, but not convicted, of shooting a sheriff’s officer and allowed to live out his days happily in Hawaii.