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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
BHS Jacqueline E.A. Lawson Resource Center and archive are closed to the public as part of the facility protocols in response to the coronavirus.  For the safety and well-being of our visitors in-person research is on-hold.  The collections team is still responding to inquires and requests.  Until the time when we can resume visitor services, continue to visit the website, sign up for the E-News, and
stay safe. 

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 22961 Seattle, WA 98122
Physical Address by Appointment: 5933 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108


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

The Black Future Co-op Fund, Washington state’s first Black-women-led philanthropy, announced $1.05 million in grants to 21 Black-woman-led organizations in their second round of statewide funding. These “We See You” grants represent the commitment the Black Future Co-op Fund has to investing in Black women who have invested in the wealth, health, and well-being of Black communities for generations.   
BHS Sees You, Too

The Resource You’ve Been Asking For
is Now Digitized and Online!

Free access…no library card required.
Thank you, Seattle Public Library
and Lawson Family.
Here’s the link:
Let’s Take A Walk

A Tour of Seattle’s Central Area,
As It Was Then (1920s, 1930s, and 1940s))

BHS co-founder and author,
Jacqueline E. A. Lawson

The Negro Motorist Green Book
exhibition at
Washington State History Museum

Look for BHS co-presented
community partner programs
at this link.

What do you know about Bishop’s Drugs
that was located at 507 S Jackson St Seattle, WA?
1947 was its first appearance in the

Green Book, pg 80
Tell Us Your Green Book Story
Bishop’s Drugs original soda fountain mixer was a recent donation to BHS Collections.
Thank You, Jeff Bishop and Bishop Family.
The mixer is on loan to WSHS for the duration of the exhibition.

Perspectives on Place: 
Photographs from Here

exhibition concurrent with
Ansel Adams:  Masterworks
May 28, 2022 – September 5, 2022

The Harvey's with Friends_The Ole Swimming Hole_Seattle,WA_ca. 1912
Photo courtesy of The Black Heritage Society of Washington State

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. Their selections disrupt conventional narratives of “untouched nature,” explore cultural representation, and magnify the ever-changing relationship between the people of the Puget Sound and the region’s landscape.

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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