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
Access to the Archive is Back!
BHS Jacqueline E.A. Lawson Resource Center and archive are now open for public access.
*Ask about health and safety protocols as all are subject to change.
Visits are by appointment only on Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm.
INQUIRIES and APPOINTMENTS
Resource Center Message Phone: 206 324-1126 x190
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 28647 Seattle, WA 98118
Physical Address by Appointment: 5933 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108
NOTE: BHS HAS A NEW P. O. BOX ADDRESS
Black Heritage Society
P. O. Box 28647
Seattle, WA 98118
August is National Black Philanthropy Month
Keeping true to their pillars and promoting truthful Black narratives,
The Black Future Co-op Fund
continues to gift and lift BHS with its generosity.
BHS Sees You.
Click on the graphic to read a recent post at BFCF.
King County 4Culture
Funding provided by 4Culture will support a phased project to convert oral history on aging cassette tapes to digital files. This means BHS can make these rich histories widely accessible while taking precautions to preserve them. The funding also includes the refresh of our website that will host a gallery and listening library. Stay tuned for profiles of the project team and updates as we make progress for a more accessible collection.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MORE
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
ROOTS 51st ANNUAL PICNIC & CELEBRATION
BACK TO OUR ROOTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2023 10am-6pm
Jimi Hendrix Park – 2400 S Massachusetts Street
Families & Friends,
Meet for all-day fun, the entertainment you love, community awards, activities + more.
*Get your Limited Edition 50th Anniversary ROOTS Recipe Book
Photo Courtesy of the Museum of History & Industry,
Al Smith Collection
10th ANNUAL JACKSON STREET JAZZ WALK
SEPTEMBER 8, 9, 10, 2023
Visit the website for the schedule of performances and events.
Stephanie Johnson-Toliver and Damon Brown at Converge Media Studio.
Photo Courtesy of Converge Media
Celebrating our Partners at Converge Media for their Emmy Nominated film,
You can watch at either link. There’s a short introduction by
Bookie Gates, Founder at Baseball Beyond Borders
and Dan Wilson, Mariners Hall of Fame.
2023 ANNUAL HISTORY KEEPER MEMBERSHIPS
Photo Courtesy of William Krossen, Sustaining Member
Renew your membership or
become a new member today.
THANK YOU, LIFE MEMBERS!
BHS is entirely volunteer led since 1977.
Your membership sustains the archive and supports community outreach.
Membership levels available.
You can join now on the website or by mail:
Black Heritage Society of Washington State
P. O. Box 28647
Seattle, WA 98118
Thank You for supporting Washington State Black History.