Roslyn Black History

Description

A collection of 84 historic photographs dating from the late 1800s to the 1960s of African-American miners, settlers and residents of the coal mining community of Roslyn, Washington.

Some items in the Roslyn Black History Collection:

After Roslyn mine explosion, 1909 The remains of coal mine shaft no. 4 can be seen through the smoke after the October 3, 1909 Roslyn mine explosion.
Arthur Wiseker, track star, 1929 Arthur Wiseker born in 1906 at Granite Falls, Washington was the son of Mary Wiseker. Arthur attended the Roslyn schools with his brothers and sisters. He later became a track star at the University of Minnesota where this picture was taken in…
Barnett homestead, Cle Elum, ca. 1917 Many African-American families left the Roslyn coal mines to homestead and farm their own land. This is the Cle Elum, Washington home of Mrs. William "Cynthia" Barnett who was born in 1888 in Louisiana. Also pictured are Cynthia's two sons:…
Beulah Craven Hart Beulah Craven Hart (1925-1980) the daughter of Samuel and Ethel Craven revived the Emancipation Day Celebration during the 1970s in Roslyn, a tradition which dates back to the 1890s. Now called the Black Pioneer Days, this special day celebrates the…
Black Pioneers, ca. 1890 Many African-American families left poor social and economic conditions to seek new oportumitiesin the coal mines of the Pacific Northwest. This family from Alabama was related to Lula Echols who was born in Alabama in 1878 and arrived in Roslyn in…