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Welcome,

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. 
INQUIRIES
Email:  blackheritagesocietywa@gmail.com
Office:  (206) 324-1126  x190

SYVILLA FORT: KEEP THE FIRE BURNING
Tuesday, January 25 at MOHAI             
EVENT POSTPONED
Taking all precautions for this public gathering.
We’ll pay tribute at a later date. Stay tuned.

Did you know that Syvilla Fort was an accomplished Seattle-born dancer who was one of the first Black graduates from Cornish College? She choreographed and danced for the 1930s Seattle Negro Repertory Theater and went on to perform with the Kathrine Dunham Troupe. Fort became a beloved instructor to icons that include Alvin Ailey, Eartha Kitt, James Earl Jones, Joan Peters, Jane Fonda, and Shirley McClaine.

COMING SOON

Black History Month with BHS at MOHAI
SAVE THE DATE
President’s Day Weekend – February 19-21, 2022
Opening Program: February 19 at 11:00AM

The Green Book: More Than A Guide


HISTORY BUFFS – CHECK OUT THIS OPPORTUNITY
MOHAI CURATOR’S FELLOWSHIP

An opportunity to dig deeper into the Al Smith Photo Collection and more.


IT’S TIME TO BECOME A
NEW MEMBER or RENEW TODAY.
JOIN BHS AS A HISTORY KEEPER
.
Online memberships are easy
on this website
or mail to:
Black Heritage Society

of Washington State
P. O. Box 22961 Seattle, WA 98122

BHS Affiliations: