November 24, 1985: The Colman School Occupation


The Northwest African American Museum, center left, with Beacon Hill and Downtown Seattle in the background
Seattle’s Colman School, located in Rainier Valley and built in 1909, stood out for many years as a symbol for the city’s African-American community due to the distinction of being the first school in Seattle attended by black students, as well as having hired many black teachers.

When it was closed by the Seattle School District in June 1985 due to the expansion of neighboring Interstate 90, many felt the building should have been converted into a black history museum–an idea which had first been proposed in 1981. When a city government task force formed to discuss the idea went in the direction such endeavors often go–namely, nowhere–a group of African-American community activists began, on the date in focus here, a direct-action occupation of the building as a means of forcing the issue forward.

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