Heritage Sites

Heritage Sites

El Centro de la Raza
Mural by Daniel DeSiga at El Centro de la Raza, photo by Tracey Wickersham
El Centro de la Raza
2524 - 16th Avenue S, 206.957.4605
A group of English as a Second Language students took over the abandoned Beacon Hill School in 1972 with the intent of establishing a Latino community service center. The occupation was a watershed moment for the Latino civil rights movement in Seattle, and led to the creation of El Centro de la Raza or the Center for People of All Races.

Founding director Roberto Maestas (1938 – 2010) championed a multicultural and multi-ethnic social justice movement, and four decades later, El Centro continues to provide a wide range of social services, and is involved in civil rights issues and educational and cultural programs.

The main entryway features a large interior mural by Daniel DeSiga titled Explosion of Chicano Creativity and other murals are found throughout the renovated facility. The property also includes an outdoor kiosko or bandstand, and Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park, named in honor of a Texas youth killed by police. Several arts groups are based at El Centro, including Ameyaltonal Danza Azteca and the Seattle Fandango Project.
Mural at Kane Hall
The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination (1945) by Pablo O'Higgins, now located at the University of Washington's Kane Hall. Photo by Holly Taylor.
Mural at Kane Hall
Red Square, University of Washington Campus
Artist Pablo O'Higgins created the monumental work The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination in 1945 for the Local 541 Union Hall serving Seattle maritime workers. When the hall was demolished in 1955, the mural was donated to the University of Washington. The restored work was reinstalled on the second floor of Kane Hall in 1977. Several murals by Latino artists are part of the University's Ethnic Cultural Center collection, and will be displayed in that facility following a major renovation.
Burke Museum
Panamanian mola, Burke Museum ethnology collection
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
17th Avenue NE & NE 45th Street, 206.543.5590
The Burke Museum is located at the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus. The museum's long term exhibit Pacific Voices features a Day of the Dead altar, and ethnology collections include textiles and other artwork from Mexico, Central and South America.
PIke Place Market
Chili Peppers at Pike Place Market, photo by David Billingham.
Pike Place Market
First Avenue & Pike Street
Latino farmers, artists and craftspeople are well represented in market stalls, where vendors sell everything from organic peaches and peppers to jewelry and paintings. Restaurants feature Bolivian, Peruvian, Mexican and other Latin American cuisines, mercados stock specialty foods year-round, and folk art galleries offer hand-made gifts.


Did You Know?

The bustling port city of Mazatlan in Mexico’s Sinaloa State has been a sister city to Seattle since 1979, and the Mexican state of Jalisco has been recognized as Washington’s sister state since 1996.

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