University of Washington School of Law admits its first black graduate in 1899.

  • By Helen Lacy
  • Posted 11/07/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 261
In 1899, the University of Washington School of Law admits William McDonald Austin. He becomes the first black graduate of the school.

Austin was a native of Barbados and came to Seattle from San Francisco.


Sources: Quintard Taylor, The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (Seattle: University of Washngton Press, 1994), 31.
Note: This essay was corrected on June 24, 2011, to amend the date of Mr. Austin's admission to the law school.

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