Explore 15 historic sites across four themes—Legacy, Arts and Culture, Call to Action, and Spirituality and Community—which honor the contributions, creativity, and perseverance of the Black community in Seattle.
Take history with you while exploring Washington.
These heritage tours showcase stories and historic sites from several of our state’s important cultural communities. While these tours were not included in the original 1941 Works Progress Administration (WPA) guidebook that formed the original basis for our Revisiting Washington site, they are no less critical to an understanding of our state’s rich history. Check out curated tours created in conjunction with partners from the Black Heritage Society of Washington State to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and featuring historic photographs, oral history recordings, digital maps, and more.
- Cultural Themes
- Industry, Commerce, and Labor
- Japanese American Heritage
- Natural Setting
Explore historic sites from the thriving communities built by Japanese Americans on Vashon Island, despite pervasive racism, barriers to citizenship and land ownership, and wartime mass incarceration.
Explore the Japanese American Remembrance Trail, an urban hike in Seattle’s original Japantown from Pioneer Square to the Chinatown-International District to the Central District.
Explore Latino heritage sites in two separate tours—in Seattle and in the Yakima Valley—which reflect the historic places, businesses, cultural events, and museums celebrating the many contributions of and diversity within the Spanish-speaking population of Washington.