Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts Street, Central District, Seattle

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Exhibits at the Northwest African American Museum

Christopher Shaw: Algorithm: Archetype

Sept. 27, 2019 - Apr. 5, 2020

Christopher Shaw explores the spiritual bridge between notions of design and processes of divination. Shaw presents us with minimalist works in clay and urges us to consider how objects carry the seeds of culture. Individual and assembled ceramic sculpture join vessel forms in the artist’s latest body of work.

Iconic Black Women: Ain't I a Black Woman

Oct. 18, 2019 - Mar. 15, 2019

Inspired by Black women transcending historical, societal, racial and economic challenges in America, Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I a Woman is artist Hiawatha D.’s homage to the resilience, power and beauty of Black women and Black women history-makers.

Our Journey

Permanent Exhibition

This dynamic, interactive exhibition takes visitors on a multi-faceted journey through time, exploring the history, culture, and art of the region’s African American community. Beginning with the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the chronological timeline encompasses three centuries of challenges and opportunities that were experienced by people who settled in the Pacific Northwest and called it home.

Two Seattle Icons: Bertha Pitts Campbell and Mona Humphries Bailey

Permanent Exhibition

Though they grew up in different eras, different states, and were from different generations, Bertha Pitts Campbell and Mona Humphries Bailey were driven by the same vision and ideals. These two women also shared many characteristics. Both women were bold, community-oriented activists, and political risk-takers. One founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1913 and the other led the organization sixty-six years later. Their worlds would come together here in Seattle and the Founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Bertha Pitts Campbell and the 17th National President of the sorority, Mona Humphries Bailey continued impacting local, national and international communities.

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