Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Learn About the Cayton-Revels Family

Horace Cayton and Susie Revels played a very important role in shaping Seattle in the early 1900s. Cayton founded the Seattle Republican newspaper which grew to be the second most-read in the city and had a predominately white readership. Susie Revels was the daughter of the first Black senator and one of Seattle's first female editors.

The couple used their publication to promote equal rights and give a voice to the local Black community, but when segregation and redlining spread throughout Seattle, the publication folded and the family was pushed out of the city's history. The history and legacy of the Cayton-Revels family is an important part of Seattle's historical narrative and deserves to be amplified.

Read their story on the Front Porch Blog.

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In the Community

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Seattle's Longest Running Black-Owned Bookstore Begins a New Chapter

When Vickie Williams opened the doors to the first Black-owned bookstore in Washington more than 20 years ago, she had a vision. She envisioned a place where the Black community could gather safely to learn about their heritage and empower each other. Located in Columbia City, Life Enrichment Bookstore (L.E.M.S.) became the only bookstore in the state specializing in African-American literature and history. Beyond books, L.E.M.S. was always a community hub. Though the store closed after Williams death in 2017, thanks to dedication from her family and community support, L.E.M.S. has reopened in Columbia City. The store holds the same mission and vision and continues to serve as a community center and safe-space.

Read more in The Seattle Times.


Share Your Feedback

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Online Open House for South Park Community Center Site: Learn about the final design and construction schedule for the South Park Community Center and Sitewide design. (more)

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