Manuel Lopes (1812-?), Seattle’s first Black citizen, arrives in 1852.

Manuel Lopes (1812-?), Seattle’s first Black citizen, arrives in 1852.

  • By HistoryLink Staff
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 2750

Manuel Lopes (1812-?), Seattle’s first Black citizen, arrives in 1852. Lopes is a barber and his barbershop is the village’s first Black-owned business. He plays the snare drum, and is known for his generosity to his customers — loggers, millhands, sailors, and miners.


Sources:

Esther Hall Mumford, Seattle’s Black Victorians, 1852-1901 (Seattle: Ananse Press, 1980), 66-67.


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