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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 and present to inform all communities and future generations.  The Society recognizes the importance for documenting the culture and heritage of black people statewide, and also recognizes 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.

                          ~NEW – CALL for ARTWORK ~                                                        Now through January 15, 2019

Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life: 

Edwin T. Pratt in the 21st Century

In partnership with the Black Heritage Society of Washington, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program seeks emerging and established artists in the region with an interest in responding to the legacy and ideas of Edwin Pratt (1930 – 1969), Seattle civil rights pioneer.
Two primary modes of submitting work:
  1. Submit existing work that reflects his legacy or related themes; or
  2. Submit new work that responds directly to the source material. *The source material are select images from the recent Pratt Legacy Collection donation.
The exhibition will be installed in City Hall Shoreline and the opening will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Pratt’s death.
Deadline for consideration: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  For more information, download the Full Call [PDF]