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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.

News Release

King County 4Culture

Awards Black Heritage Society 

$10,000 Heritage Grant

The Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS) has received a $10,000 grant from 4Culture to support the Edwin T. Pratt Heritage Project. The funds will be used to create a narrated video slideshow featuring the historic content of the recently accessioned Pratt Legacy Collection.

The project team will develop and produce the video with collaborative input from community members and creative amplification by Shoreline Community College film school students.  The video will reside on the BHS website as a community resource to be shared with schools, cultural organizations and readily available to everyone throughout King County and beyond. “We’re grateful to King County 4Culture for awarding BHS and the Pratt Legacy Team a 2019 Heritage Grant to further illuminate the civil rights advocacy of Edwin T. Pratt,” said Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, BHS president. “The grant affords us the opportunity to develop a free online resource that shares the recently digitized Pratt Legacy Collection in a creative way with easy access.”

The grant was among 39 applications approved by 4Culture with a total amount of $244,807. An expert peer panel reviewed 76 applications with a total request of $582.351. Last year, 4Culture supported the stabilization, accessioning, photographing and storage of the Pratt family collection.




EDWIN T. PRATT:  A Living Legacy

May 9 – August 28, 2019

BHS Pratt Legacy Collection items are on loan for this exhibition.

BHS and Museum of History & Industry

Sunday Hat Parade

with Henrietta Price and Sonia Wooten-Gill

Sunday, September 15, 2019

1 – 4 pm

Celebrate the tradition of hats in Seattle’s black community with BHS and MOHAI.

Stroll through the museum in your finest hat, take your picture at a photo booth, and enjoy a special one-day-only display of historic hats from the BHS collection. Hear from two local black milliners featured in the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit, Henrietta Price and Sonia Wooten-Gill.

Disability accommodations, please contact two weeks prior to the event.
Location: MOHAI   860 Terry Avenue N  Seattle, WA   98109
Cost: Included with museum admission / Free for MOHAI and BHS members