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African Americans in Spokane

African Americans in Spokane


Jerrelene Williamson, Spokane Northwest Black Pioneers



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Arcadia Publishing

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200 Black and White

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In 1888, black men were recruited from the southern states to come to Roslyn, Washington, to work in the mines. What they had not known until their arrival was that they were there to break the strike against the coal company. Upon their arrival on the Northern Pacific Coal Company train, they were met with much violence. When the strike was finally settled, everyone-black and white-went to work. After the mines closed, the blacks migrated across the Pacific Northwest. Arcadia's African Americans in Spokane is about those black families who arrived in Spokane, Washington, in 1899. This collection of historic images reveals the story of their survival, culture, churches, and significance in the Spokane community throughout the decades that followed; this is the story of the journey that began once their final destination was reached, in Spokane.

Author Bio: Author Jerrelene Williamson's father was born in Spokane in 1899, where her family has resided ever since. Williamson is a founding member of the Spokane Northwest Black Pioneers, established in 1989. The photographs in this book are from the collections of the Spokane Northwest Black Pioneers, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and pioneer photographer Wallace (Wally) Hagin.

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