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Betty Bowen Overlook: James W. Washington, Jr.'s Two Birds (southeast corner)

Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month 2021, the Queen Anne Historical Society recognizes some of the notable African Americans who have resided on Queen Anne Hill over the years, several of whom are documented on

Among them are: 
Homer Harris (1916-2007), football hero, physician, community leader
Denice Johnson Hunt (1948-1997), an architect with a highly productive public practice
Others have contributed to the Queen Anne community, including
Benjamin McAdoo (1920-1981), an architect whose work includes Queen Anne Pool
Richard Norman, a Boeing engineer who moved to Seattle from Mississippi, owned the Queen Anne Apartments among other Seattle properties

James Washington, Jr. (1908-2000), a successful artist whose work entitled Two Birds, we see at Betty Bowen Viewpoint (February 2021 celebration by Washington State Historical Society)

Kim Turner's Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Tour cites the presence there of suffragist Bertha Pitts Campbell and Seattle City Councilmember Sam Smith -- neither of them resided in Queen Anne.
Other African Americans buried at Mt. Pleasant:
Green Fields (1840-1914) For many years Fields worked for the city of Seattle as a street cleaner. He saved his money to purchase a modest home in the Queen Anne area.
Leala Holden (d. 1959), jazz musician.

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