Renton History Museum
Dates: 6/1 – 9/1/2018

African Americans left the South for King County in the 1880s and 1890s, for the promise of a paradise of mining jobs, livable wages, and home ownership. What they encountered in Franklin, Black Diamond, and Coal Creek were angry striking miners and coal companies eager to use them to re-open closed mines. These Black settlers persevered and made new lives here, challenging the color line and shaping the history of Renton and King County.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Admission is $5/adults, $2/students, free for children 8 and younger, and for Renton History Museum members. Free admission on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month.