Dorothy Hollingsworth Residence
2309 E John St was the residence of Dorothy Hollingsworth, the first African American to serve on a school board in the state of Washington.
Dorothy Hollingsworth and her husband relocated to Seattle in 1946, following her teaching experiences in South Carolina and North Carolina during World War II. While seeking a teaching position at Seattle Public Schools, she faced denial and instead pursued a career as an investigator for the state Department of Welfare. Her determination led her to earn a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington in 1959, subsequently leading her to join Seattle Public Schools as a social worker.
Her impactful career continued as she served as the Deputy Director for Planning for the Model Cities Program between 1969 and 1972, gaining recognition for developing one of the most exemplary programs in the country. Dorothy Hollingsworth's path eventually led her to the Seattle School Board, where she served with distinction. She later assumed the role of the board's president and, in 1984, was elected to the State Board of Education. Her service to the board extended until 1993, during which she diligently worked on legislative matters and policy frameworks.
Dorothy Hollingsworth advocated for racial integration, and her election to the School Board empowered the Black community to have a meaningful voice in their children's education. She earned numerous awards and honors throughout her lifetime for her remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions to society.