Further Afield

Jimi Hendrix Memorial
Photo byDavid Newman
Jimi Hendrix Memorial
Greenwood Memorial Park
350 Monroe Avenue NE, Renton, 425.255.1511
Musician Jimi Hendrix grew up in Seattle's Central Area, achieving international fame in the 1960s. Following his untimely death, his family created a memorial that has been visited by millions of fans from around the world. Located approximately 40 minutes southeast of Seattle.
Puget Sound Navy Museum
Courtesy of the Puget Sound Navy Museum
Puget Sound Navy Museum
251 First Street, Bremerton, 360.479.7447
An hour west of Seattle by ferry, Bremerton is home to the Puget Sound Navy Museum and the adjacent Naval Shipyard, the Pacific Northwest's largest ship repair facility. During World War I and II, thousands of people came from all over the country to work in the shipyards, including many African American men and women, and many Black officers and sailors were stationed at nearby naval facilities.
Black Historical Society of Kitsap County
1204 Park Avenue, Bremerton, 360.479.3608
Kitsap County community history is preserved at the Black Historical Society of Kitsap County. By appointment only.
Washington State History Museum
Photo courtesy of the Washington State History Museum
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, 888.238.4373
Stories of African American in Washington are woven into exhibits on the state's mining industry, early settlement, wartime economy and civil rights.
Roslyn Historic District
Ellensburg Public Library Photo
Roslyn Historic District
First Street & Pennsylvania Avenue
This mining town 1.5 hours east of Seattle played a pivotal role in the region's ethnic history in 1891, when more than one hundred African American miners left the southern U.S. and traveled to Roslyn, where they had unknowingly been recruited to work as strike breakers for the Northern Pacific Coal Company. Some of the Black miners left quickly for other destinations, but many stayed with their families and established strong connections in the community, and Roslyn was the first town in Washington State to elect a Black mayor. Well-preserved commercial and residential districts are walkable, and the historic Mount Olivet African American cemetery is part of a complex of historic cemeteries.

Did You Know?

In 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his only visit to Seattle, speaking to an overflow crowd at the national headquarters of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The restored building is now home to A Contemporary Theatre. A bronze bust of Dr. King by sculptor Jeff Day commemorates King’s visit and is displayed in the Allen Theatre.

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Image at top: detail from Jimi Hendrix Memorial, photo by David Newman

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