Charley Willis (1847–1930)

  Charley and Laura Willis Image Ownership: Public Domain African American cowboy Charley Willis was recognized as a singing cowboy who authored the popular trail song, “Goodbye Old Paint.” Willis was a skilled cowhand who not only sang songs from the trail but who contributed … Read MoreCharley Willis (1847–1930)

Central Contractors Association

In 1969, Walter Hundley, director of the Seattle Model Cities Program, encouraged local black independent contractors to organize in an effort to gain lucrative building construction contracts that required minority participation.  When the contractors responded, they selected Tyree Scott, an electrician, as their leader.  They … Read MoreCentral Contractors Association

Albert I. Cassell (1895-1969)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Albert Irving Cassell, a prominent African American architect, planner, engineer, educator, and entrepreneur, was born on June 25, 1895 in Towson, Maryland.  His parents were Albert and Charlotte Cassell.  Albert’s father was a coal truck driver and trumpet player and … Read MoreAlbert I. Cassell (1895-1969)

Ben Kinchlow (1846?-1939?)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Ben Kinchlow began life as a free black in Texas, when most African Americans were slaves. After the Texas Revolution, the new Republic legalized slavery and free African Americans were at risk of being sold back into slavery. Ben’s mother, … Read MoreBen Kinchlow (1846?-1939?)

William “Curly” Neal (1849 –1936)

William “Curly” Neal helped turn a frontier western mining camp in the Santa Catalina Mountains of Arizona into a booming town that attracted businessmen and financiers, elite vacationers, and royals from around the world. His various business ventures as a teamster, passenger and freight hauler, … Read MoreWilliam “Curly” Neal (1849 –1936)

Vertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Vertner Woodson Tandy was born in Lexington, Kentucky where he was educated at the Candler School.  He gained an understanding of construction by watching his father build and develop homes in Lexington. These early experiences with his father led Tandy to … Read MoreVertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)