Vision for Hendrix Park as vibrant as namesake
2011 Seattle Times feature on plans for Jimi Hendrix Park adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum

Grind And Shine: A Guide To Seattle's Rap Scene
Radio interviews with emerging and established leaders of Seattle's multi-ethnic rap and hip hop music scene



The Black Heritage Society of Washington State Inc. digitized a sample of their outstanding photo collection as part of the King County Snapshots Project.

Dr. Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington created, an online reference guide to African American History which includes extensive information about African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

HISTORY LINK the on-line encyclopedia of Washington State history, includes nearly 300 essays about African American heritage in the state, including profiles of Black pioneers and other individuals, significant milestones in community development and integration, and neighborhood histories.

Some highlights include:

Black History in the Seattle Times
Features a catalogue of essays in honor of Black History Month about local and national events, individuals and organizations.

Soul of America, a black travel website
Includes extensive listings for Seattle

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project
Includes oral histories, articles, and a comprehensive bibliography

Seattle Jazz History
Features the introduction from the book Jackson Street After Hours by Paul de Barros

Seattle Music Map
Provides an insider's guide to Seattle's music history

The Seattle Jazz Scene
Features information about upcoming performances, local musicians and new recordings.

Seattle Parks & Recreation Department
Provides visitor information for several of the parks mentioned in the African American Cultural Guide including Discovery Park / Fort Lawton, Flo Ware Park, and Homer Harris Park.


Independent bookstores such as the
Elliott Bay Book Company and the University Book Store have a wide selection of local history books. Gift shops at the Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) offer a selection of heritage books as well. Several web sites list comprehensive bibliographies of scholarly works related to African American culture and history; the list below is a sampling of works of general interest.

Calabash: A Guide to the History, Culture & Art of African Americans in Seattle and King County, Washington
by Esther Hall Mumford, Seattle: Ananse Press, 1993
A comprehensive and readable overview of the region's African American community history.

Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle
by Paul de Barros, Seattle: Sasquatch Press, 1993
An illustrated overview of Seattle's jazz music scene, including contemporary portraits of local jazz musicians by photographer Eduardo Calderón.

Seattle's Black Victorians: 1852-1901
by Esther Hall Mumford, Seattle: Ananse Press, 1980
An inspirational study of the community's earliest African American residents.

The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 Through the Civil Rights Era
by Quintard Taylor, University of Washington Press, 1994
A Survey of Seattle's African American history.

Tribute: Seattle Public Places Named for Black People
by Mary T. Henry, Seattle: Statice Press/Peanut Butter Publishing, 1997
An overview of parks, buildings and other sites named in honor of African Americans.


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