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African Americans in Spokane (Images of America Series)

African Americans in Spokane (Images of America Series)


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780738570112
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/20/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,195,630
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Roslyn, Washington 9

2 Spokane, Washington 13

3 The "Colored Military" 23

4 The Black Church 33

5 Discrimination and Racism 47

6 Social Clubs and Organizations 57

7 Black-Owned Businesses 67

8 Sports and Athletes 73

9 African American Families 81

10 Notables 101

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