Take the Seattle Green Book Self-Guided Tour, developed by Black & Tan Hall. This multimedia tour highlights Black-owned and Black-friendly businesses that operated along Seattle’s Jackson Street corridor between the 1920s and the 1960s. Learn about local hotels, restaurants, clubs, and barbershops listed in the national Green Book guide for Black travelers, alongside historic preservation and restoration projects. On this tour, you will learn about entrepreneurs who established local businesses and the communities which sustained them. Hear local artists reading stories of the jazz scene during Prohibition and beyond. The virtual tour includes text and historical photographs and images of each tour stop. Browse and learn from home or listen to the stories while you travel the tour route. This tour starts at King Street Station and continues up Jackson Street to the former site of Seattle’s historic Black & Tan Club, following a trail of businesses listed in the Negro Motorist Green Book, which was published over a thirty-year period starting in 1936. More info: Green Book Tour | Black & Tan Hall (blackandtanhall.com).
About Black & Tan Hall
Today, Seattle’s Black & Tan Hall is a values-driven cultural hub sustaining a thriving and equitable economy through arts and cultural programming in Hillman City, Seattle. The neighborhood-based, multi-racial cooperative works to establish an anti-gentrification model that combats displacement, keeps dollars hyper-local, and sustains good jobs. Partnerships preserve and share the history of place, people, and prosperity within Seattle. Once building renovations are complete, the Black & Tan Hal looks forward to opening the doors to a restaurant, music venue, and cultural space at 5608 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, Washington! More info: Black & Tan Hall | Seattle, WA (blackandtanhall.com)