The People's Wall
The People’s Wall holds significant importance in African American history due to its connection with the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party (SCBPP). Founded in 1968, this chapter marked the first expansion beyond Oakland, California. The SCBPP advocated for equity and justice, orchestrating community outreach initiatives such as free medical clinics, a bus-to-prison program, free breakfast projects, and sickle cell testing specifically for African Americans.
Occupying the 20th Avenue and Spruce Street location until 1972, the SCBPP later moved a few blocks away to better address local community needs. The original duplex where they were situated was subsequently demolished, except for the east-facing section of the retaining wall.
Commissioned by the SCBPP in 1969, the People’s Wall, a mural crafted by Dion Henderson, adorned the street-level retaining wall encompassing the property. This mural featured the names of fallen comrades and iconic imagery. In 2008, a local African American artist named Eddie Walker undertook the restoration of this historical gem within the Black community.