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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 the future. The Society recognizes the importance for documenting the culture and heritage of Black people statewide, and advocates for saving places to uphold the notion that Washington State history is an essential link in the broader narrative that defines the story of our nation.

Preserving our past ~ Informing our future

Ensuring the Safety of Our Community, Visitors, and Volunteers
Limited Access to the Archive is Back!
BHS Jacqueline E.A. Lawson Resource Center and archive are now open for limited public access. Masks are required as facility protocols are still in place for safety and well-being of staff and visitors.
Visits are by appointment only on Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm.  

Resource Center Message Phone: 206 324-1126 x190
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 22961 Seattle, WA 98122
Physical Address by Appointment: 5933 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108



Perspectives on Place:
Photographs from Here

May 28, 2022 – September 5, 2022

The Harvey’s with Friends at the Ole Swimming Hole_SeattleWA_1912
Photo Courtesy of The Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc.

MOHAI is proud to present Perspectives on Place: Photographs from Here, which features 15 photographs from the collections of MOHAI and the Black Heritage Society of Washington State.
Community curators Jourdan lmani Keith, Rachel Heaton, and Ella Guo bring their insights to historic photographs.

Poetry Pop-Up: The Silenced Stories

Saturday, August 20, 2022 1:00pm – 2:15pm *Free

Explore connections between place, nature, community, and self through poetry writing in this drop-in program, guided by Seattle’s Civic Poet, Jourdan Imani Keith.

Location: Museum of History & Industry 860 Terry Ave N Seattle,WA 98109 PROGRAM LINK HERE





You Honor Us and Support our Mission.
We are proud to be a recipient of the
2022 We See You Award.

BHS Sees You, Too

Soul Pole Returns to Seattle Central Area
following conservation effort.
Community partnership receives the
Historic Seattle
2022 Preserving Neighborhood Character Award

BHS joined Seattle Public Library
to preserve the history of the pole.
Thank you Converge Media for
documenting the process.
~Watch Here~
Watch for Details Soon
Stephen Shames and Ericka Huggins
in Seattle this October with a new book,
Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party


ANNUAL HISTORY KEEPER MEMBERSHIP 2022It’s time to renew or become a new member.
You can join now on the website or by mail:
Black Heritage Society of Washington State
P. O. Box 22961  Seattle, WA  98122
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