Student Historian

Alexis Newman is a freshman attending the University of Washington, Seattle. Alexis is planning to major in Business Administration/Management. Originally from Mt. Vernon, Washington, in 1998 she moved from there and eventually settled in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) Washington.  Alexis is interested in learning about the history of the places where she has lived and of where she is originally from.

African Americans and the Manhattan Project, Richland, WA (1942-1945)

Between the years of 1942 and 1944 around fifteen thousand blacks and fifty thousand whites were recruited to the Manhattan/ Hanford Project in Richland, Washington. The federal government required government contractor, DuPont, to keep the number of black construction workers on the project between 10 … Read MoreAfrican Americans and the Manhattan Project, Richland, WA (1942-1945)

East Pasco Co-op (1965- )

Art Fletcher, Founder of the East Pasco Co-op Image Ownership: Public Domain The East Pasco African American community emerged quickly during World War II when thousands of black workers were recruited to help construct the Hanford Atomic Energy Complex just north of neighboring Richland, Washington. … Read MoreEast Pasco Co-op (1965- )

Louisville Western Branch Library (1905- )

The Louisville Western Branch Library in Louisville, Kentucky, first opened in 1905. This library was the first public library in the nation to serve and be fully operated by black residents. In 1905 virtually all other public libraries around the country were closed to African … Read MoreLouisville Western Branch Library (1905- )

Morning Star Baptist Missionary Church Pasco, Washington (1946- )

Morning Star Baptist Missionary Church opened in 1946 on 631 South Douglas Avenue in Pasco, Washington, where it stands to this day. The church was founded to provide for the spiritual needs of the thousands of black workers who came to Hanford Atomic Facility during … Read MoreMorning Star Baptist Missionary Church Pasco, Washington (1946- )

New York City NAACP Silent Protest Parade (1917)

The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Silent Protest Parade, also known as the Silent March, took place on 5th Avenue in New York City, New York on Saturday, July 28, 1917.  This protest was a response to violence against African Americans, … Read MoreNew York City NAACP Silent Protest Parade (1917)