African American Women
WHC Introduction to Black History
by Esther Mumford
The closest Rebecca Howard ever came to political power in her lifetime was when she hosted territorial legislators and President Rutherford B. and Mrs. Lucinda Ware Hayes at her Pacific House Hotel in Olympia. It was unimaginable at the time that African American women would serve in elective and appointive positions in state and local government. More...
Nettie Craig Asberry, Activist and NAACP Founder (1865-1968)
A stalwart club member, Nettie Asberry cultivated change through theTacoma Cloverleaf Club and as a charter member of the Washington Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. In 1913, when the Washingtonlegislature attempted to outlaw interracial marriage, Nettie Asberry led protests to kill the bill. It died in committee. As founder of the Tacoma NAACP, Asberry fought racial segregation in public places and at Fort Lewis—at a time when it was dangerous to do so. Thought to be one of the first African American women to earn a doctorate degree (in music), she taught piano to Tacoma’s children for nearly a half century.
The Washington State Association of Colored Women's Clubs (WSACWC).
Rebecca Howard (1827-1881)
Rebecca Howard was an entrepreneur and businesswoman who owned the Pacific House in Olympia.Rebecca Howard from BlackPast.org
Rebecca Howard Mural in Olympia
The Women of Ellensburg
Report from the International Women's Year Conference, 1977 with a section on the status of Black women (p. 48-49).