Wa Na Wari Cultural Center
The subject site, originally built in 1909 as a single-family home, carries significant African American historic importance. It has long embraced the culture of the Black community, a legacy that endures even today.
In 1951, the property was acquired by Frank and Goldyne Green, an African American couple. For them, it became a second residence in Seattle, located within a historically redlined area. From the 1960s until 2013, this property remained the beloved abode for five generations of the extended Green family and their friends.
Now known as "Wa Na Wari," the site has undergone a transformation into a hub for Black art and culture. It stands as an inclusive space for the Black community to celebrate creativity, partake in learning, leisure, and study pursuits. The name "Wa Na Wari" holds special meaning, translating to "our home" in the Kalabari language of Southern Nigeria. This initiative not only preserves the property's historical significance but also offers a crucial platform and resources for Black artists. It allows them to exhibit their artwork, cultivate social connections, and safeguard the cultural essence of the community.