The mission of the Black Historical Society of Kitsap County, Inc. is to research and promote the rich history of African Americans in Kitsap County. Our main focus is to inspire and educate all audiences by the richness of this untold story of Kitsap County. Our motto: “Remembering Our History, and Protecting Our Future.”
We Are Bridge Builders Connecting Our Past To The Present - To The Future
The time has come to create a sense of honor and respect for the contributions given by African American Pioneers of Kitsap County who toiled, worked, and persevered to help build the community we enjoy today. Our children and young people, especially, need this knowledge in order to have a sense of ownership and respect for their past and to give hope to their future.
Official Opening Of Manette Bridge - Bremerton, WA
The humble beginning of the Black Historical Society took root via one individual, Dianne P. Robinson, who migrated to Northwest from the South in the 1970’s. In Kitsap County, she began her work which now spreads to vast areas of Washington State with research ventures to different Washington State counties, libraries, historical societies, city and county records, the Federal Archives, title companies, the U.S. Census, Indian Reservations, numerous oral interviews of senior citizens. and old newspapers and documents. No stone will be left unturned in her search for the truth regarding African American heritage here in Kitsap County. A dedicated executive board now supports the work started by Ms. Robinson.