Bill Lohse

Student Historian

Bill Lohse is a graduating senior at the University of Washington. He has a particular interest in western African American history and has a voracious appetite for knowledge.

William McDonald Austin ( ? — ? )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Determined to study law in the United States, William McDonald Austin moved from his home in Barbados to San Francisco, California when he was a young man. He moved again from San Francisco to Seattle, Washington when he was admitted to … Read MoreWilliam McDonald Austin ( ? — ? )

Seaborn J. Collins (1852- ? )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Seaborn J. Collins was born and raised in Georgia. He migrated to Seattle, Washington with his wife Alzada and son William in 1885, where he worked as a mechanic and a carpenter.  Collins also invested in local real estate. In 1888 … Read MoreSeaborn J. Collins (1852- ? )

Dr. Samuel Burdett (1849- ? )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Samuel Burdett grew up in Kentucky. While still a young man, he joined the Union Army and served as a private for only twenty days before being promoted to corporal. Burdett fought for the last two years of the Civil War, … Read MoreDr. Samuel Burdett (1849- ? )

John A.Coleman (1852- ? )

John A. Coleman was born a slave in 1852 in Talladega County, Alabama. After he received his freedom at the end of the Civil War, Coleman attended the newly established Talladega College for three years. He worked on a Mississippi River steamboat and then migrated … Read MoreJohn A.Coleman (1852- ? )