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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.

Our future lies in preserving our past.




Edwin T. Pratt (1930-1969)

     In 2017 it was our honor at BHS to acquire the Edwin T. Pratt Legacy Collection by generous donation of Mr. Pratt’s daughter and liaised by her godmother. The collection contains photographs, letters, handwritten speeches and other memorabilia that gives insight into the life and legacy of Mr. Pratt, a dedicated public servant, advocate for social justices and upon his death, Executive Director at the Seattle Urban League.
     This year, on the 50th anniversary of Pratt’s assassination, an assemblage of recently digitized images from the collection will enhance a video resource that will contribute to understanding the vision of  those who worked and dedicated themselves to Seattle’s civil rights movement.
The project is made possible in part by funds from King County 4Culture Heritage Grant.  
     Look for updates on the video project on this website.  In the meantime, please enjoy the short piece below produced by Pratt Fine Arts Center located in Seattle’s Central Area.  A link is also provided to an essay, Edwin T. Pratt: Excellence and Opportunity commissioned by Pratt Fine Arts Center and written by author, Nancy Rawles.


Appreciating the outpour of community support to sustain the preservation and heritage mission at BHS.

Li’l Woody’s is a History Keeper!                           Thank You!  You created a week-long burger campaign with proceeds of sales to support the preservation effort of the recently acquired Jonathan Moore Legacy Collection.                                                   


Metier Brewing Co. is a  History Keeper!     

Thank You!  While you are making history as the first black owned craft brewery in the state, you hosted an afternoon chat around the history of black brewers  and contributed proceeds from sales to BHS.

Museum of History & Industry  is a History Keeper!                                       Thank You! Our partner for 20+ years hosted the BHS Sunday Hat Parade to honor black milliners and the tradition of wearing hats as a crowning glory.