John Edward Hawkins, King County's first black lawyer to be locally trained, is admitted to the Bar in 1895.

  • By Helen Lacy
  • Posted 11/06/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 244
In 1895, John Edward Hawkins is admitted to the King County Bar, becoming the first locally trained African American lawyer. He was from Galesburg, Illinois and worked as a barber while attending school at night.

Sources: Quintard Taylor, The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (Seattle, University of Washington Press, 1994), 31.

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