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Explore Seattle’s Black History with Seattle Parks and Recreation (Part 1)

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievement of local African American heroes and heroines. We invite the public to celebrate by visiting one of the many parks and facilities named for Seattle’s African American leaders, and to learn about their contributions to the city. (Part 2… [ Keep reading ]

Explore Seattle’s Black History with Seattle Parks and Recreation (Part 2)

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievement of local African American heroes and heroines. We invite the public to celebrate by visiting one of the many parks named for Seattle’s African American leaders, and to learn about their contributions to the city.  Part 1 of this… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation remembers Sam Smith

In September 1998, the central portion of the I-90 lid was renamed Sam Smith Park to honor Seattle’s first African American City Councilmember. In the course of a political career that spanned 34 years, Sam Smith served five terms in the Washington State Legislature (the second black member) and five… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation remembers Powell Barnett

The 4.4-acre park that lies between East Alder and East Jefferson streets was named for civil rights activist and community leader Powell Barnett in 1969. Barnett’s father, an ex-slave, was recruited to work in the coal mines in Roslyn, Washington in 1889. Barnett worked in the mines as a young… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation remembers Dr. Blanche Seller Lavizzo

This February, to commemorate Black History Month, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be honoring some of the African American men and women who helped shape our city’s history for the better. There are 16 facilities in our parks system named for these leaders and throughout the month, we’ll be telling… [ Keep reading ]