Read about Inclusiveness in this Year’s Purple & White Gala

Walk into historic Washington Hall and you can almost hear Jimi Hendrix’s iconic guitar sound. When he was still a teenager, the legendary guitarist performed with his band The Rockin’ Kings in the three-story structure that was built by the Danish Brotherhood Society in 1908.

Because Black performers weren’t welcome in Seattle’s white clubs, Washington Hall became the place where virtually every black artist, such as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, showcased their talent. Over time, the hall has been “a cultural home to many communities and art forms,” as its website states.

It’s only fitting that Garfield High School’s Parent Teacher Student Association chose to hold its annual auction at Washington Hall this year. “Not only are Washington Hall and Garfield High School two places in the Central Area with a rich history, there is a correlation between them,” explains PTSA co-chair Barbara Rockey. … Click to read more in the South Seattle Emerald.

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