Powell S. Barnett (1883-1971) standing, grew up in Roslyn, Washington where he mined coal and played in a local band. He moved to Seattle in 1906, working first in road and hotel construction, later as a clerk to a state senator, and eventually as an employee for what is today the King County Department of Construction and Facilities Management. As a musician Mr. Barnett broke the color bar at the then all white Musician's Union, and went on to become a potent force in the community for integration and racial harmony. A large park named for Powell Barrett is located in Seattle, Washington. This circa 1908 photograph shows Powell Barrett and another member of the Volunteers of America Band.
"Powell S. Barnett, Seattle, Washington" (1908). Roslyn African American History Photographs. 36.
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