African American appointed to the Seattle police force for the first time in August 1890.

  • By Helen Lacy
  • Posted 11/07/1998
  • Essay 273
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In August 1890, Isaac W. Evans becomes the first African American to be appointed to the Seattle police force.

A former policeman in Minneapolis, he came to Seattle in 1888. His resignation followed soon after his appointment.


Esther Hall Mumford, Seattle's Black Victorians 1852-1901(Seattle: Ananse Press, 1980), 57.

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