Independent Historian

Ed Diaz, an independent historian, is president of the Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation (AAAHRP). Originally from New York, He spent twenty years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO2), and retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO). He is the editor of Horace Roscoe Cayton: Selected Writings (two volumes) and Stories by Cayton: Short Stories by Susie Revels Cayton, A Seattle Pioneer. Diaz is a contributing author ("Reexamining the Past: A Different Perspective of Black Strikebreakers in King County’s Coal Mining Industry") for the anthology, More Stories, More Voices: King County Washington’s First 150 Years. Diaz is presently conducting research for a biography of Horace Roscoe Cayton, Sr.

Horace Roscoe Cayton, Sr. (1859-1940)

Horace Roscoe Cayton spent nearly all his life combating racism. The child of a Mississippi slave, Cayton came of age during the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction eras and had already cultivated strong opinions on human, political, and civil rights by the time he settled in Seattle, … Read MoreHorace Roscoe Cayton, Sr. (1859-1940)