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The Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc. was first proposed in 1977 and became incorporated in 1982.  Preserving, collecting and sharing the history of African Americans in Washington State are the priorities that shape the BHS mission.

BHS collections are a protected resource and public asset that chronicles the past to inform all communities and future generations.  Strategies that target collections management are what guide the goal to archive the lives and events of African Americans living in Washington State.  As the Society recognizes the importance for documenting the culture and heritage of Black people statewide, we also recognize that Washington State history is but one essential link in the broader narrative that defines the story of our nation.

                      African American history is everyone’s history.