African American owner of Seattle's Minnehaha Saloon, Mary Thompson, dies in 1893.

  • By Helen Lacy
  • Posted 11/07/1998
  • Essay 266
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In 1893, Mary Thompson, owner of Minnehaha Saloon dies.

She was one of Seattle's wealthiest African American citizens at the time of her death. As the owner of the saloon and brothel, she earned a fortune in real estate, jewelry, and cash.


Esther Hall Mumford. Seattle's Black Victorians 1852-1901(Seattle: Ananse Press, 1980), 200.

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