Judy Bentley is emeritus faculty from South Seattle College and an independent writer/historian. She has written two guidebooks to historic trails and urban history walks in Washington State, published by the University of Washington Press, as well as numerous young adult nonfiction books and biographies, including of Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, William Still, and, with Lorraine McConaghy, of Charles Mitchell, a boy enslaved in Washington Territory. See www.judybentley.com.
Emanuel, or Manuel, Lopes was Seattle, Washington’s first black resident. He came to Washington Territory and this small frontier town of fewer than 180 non-indigenous residents in 1858, seven years after its founding. He opened a restaurant and barbershop, soon establishing himself as an independent … Read MoreEmanuel Lopes (1812-1895)