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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 archives the past and present to inform future generations. The Society recognizes the importance for documenting the culture and heritage of black people statewide, and upholds the notion that Washington State history is an essential link in the broader narrative that defines the story of our nation.

Black History is everyone’s history.


Current Exhibition at

Shoreline City Hall Gallery

 Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life:

Edwin T. Pratt in the 21st Century

January 26 – April 26, 2019

Shoreline City Hall Gallery – 17500 Midvale Ave N  Shoreline, WA 98133
A group art exhibition titled “Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life” presents the work of 14 local artists inspired by the life and legacy of Edwin T. Pratt, civil rights pioneer and Shoreline homeowner. In partnership with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State and a Collections Care Grant from King County 4Culture that supports the digitization of the Pratt Legacy Collection, this unique exhibition asked artists to view documents and photographs from the Pratt Family archive recently donated to BHS by Miriam Pratt with support of family friend and former Shoreline resident, Jean Soliz.