Community members and visitors will soon be able to learn more about east Pasco’s Black history on the National Parks Service app and website. Additions include a walking tour, digital exhibit, research essays, and audio and video content.

WSU Tri-Cities assistant professor of history Robert Franklin explained there is a lack of documentation of east Pasco’s history and the non-white communities that have lived there.

The effort to capture and share the area’s history is years in the making. In late February, 21 WSU architecture students and two history students in their last semester visited east Pasco from Pullman as part of a graduate student class, “Issues in Architecture.” Following weeks of readings, discussions and seminars about east Pasco history, they experienced being in the community and learned about the history live. Franklin and WSU Pullman architecture professor Phil Gruen led the course. Franklin, who lives in the Tri-Cities, serves as assistant director of the Hanford History Project.

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