Abigail Swanson

Student Historian

Abigail Swanson is an undergraduate at the University of Washington working to attain her BA in History. Abigail has an interest in African American history. Upon graduating, Abigail plans to teach English abroad.

Prince Hall Masons (1784- )

Dedication of the Prince Hall Masons Monument at Cambridge Massachusetts, September 13, 2008 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Prince Hall Masons are the oldest and largest group of Masons of African origin in the world.  Today there are forty Grand Lodges of Prince Hall Freemasonry … Read MorePrince Hall Masons (1784- )

Watts Towers (1921– )

Image Ownershp: Public Domain The Watts Towers are a folk art assemblage built by Simon Rodia, between the years 1921 and 1955 in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. Rodia, an Italian immigrant, bought a modest house on a narrow, triangular lot in 1921, … Read MoreWatts Towers (1921– )

Sherley Anne Williams (1944-1999)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Sherley Anne Williams, American novelist, poet, and scholar, was born in Bakersfield, California in 1944 to Jesse Winson and Lena Silver Williams. She was raised in poverty in a housing project in Fresno. Williams’ mother, who discouraged Sherley from reading because … Read MoreSherley Anne Williams (1944-1999)

John Edward Jacob (1934– )

Image Courtesy of the National Urban League John E. Jacob, civil rights leader, former president of the National Urban League, business executive, and administrator, was born to Claudia and Emory Jacob in Trout, Louisiana on December 16, 1934. Jacob’s father, Emory Jacob, was an impoverished … Read MoreJohn Edward Jacob (1934– )