BlackPast.org Preserving King County’s African American History

Coal mining crew in South King County ca. 1905
Coal mining crew in South King County ca. 1905

Coal mining crew in South King County ca. 1905
Coal mining crew in South King County ca. 1905

News from a Heritage Projects Recipient

BlackPast.org, a national nonprofit organization based in Seattle, was awarded funding through 4Culture’s Heritage Projects Program in 2013 to develop a new section on their website that focuses on African American Heritage in King County.

Mr. Quintard Taylor, President of BlackPast.org, recently shared the new webpage with us and provided some great details about what it contains…

I am pleased to let you know that we at BlackPast.org have finally completed the Preserving Martin Luther King County’s African American History! The page offers historical essays; a U.S. Census-based table of the black population of King county from 1860 to 2010; timeline of African American history in the county from 1858 to 2014; 114 entries on historically significant individuals in King County since 1858; thirty entries on local organizations and institutions that offer resources about African American history in King County; places of historical significance; and a photo gallery of images collected by the Black Heritage Society of Washington & some to soon be added from MOHAI.

Almost all of these categories are dynamic. Weeks, months, and even years into the future we will add more entries, books, and photos to this page.

This project is the result of the efforts of numerous volunteers (and a few paid staff). The articles are all based on original research, written by dozens of volunteer contributors, and are exclusive to BlackPast.org. The Preserving King County’s African American History page is a unique project; it is to our knowledge, the only one of its kind in the United States that gathers together such diverse information about African American history in a single county and situates it on one page.

This is the largest and most difficult project BlackPast.org has ever done. We are pleased it is finally complete and proud of what has been accomplished.

Thank you, 4Culture, for making this project possible with your grant to BlackPast.org!