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Experiencing Displacement

Stories from Central District residents about how they are impacted by the displacement taking place in their neighborhood, followed by suggested resources (books and films).


 Vicky Garner. Portrait by Henry Luke. Vicky Garner has lived in the Central District since 1960.

Vicky Garner. Portrait by Henry Luke. Vicky Garner has lived in the Central District since 1960.


 Marie Kidhe. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Marie grew up in the Central District and works at the Northwest African American Museum.

Marie Kidhe. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Marie grew up in the Central District and works at the Northwest African American Museum.


 Isiah Anderson. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Isiah moved to the Central District in the 80s and raised his son here. He runs the Teen Summer Musical program for Seattle Parks and Rec.

Isiah Anderson. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Isiah moved to the Central District in the 80s and raised his son here. He runs the Teen Summer Musical program for Seattle Parks and Rec.


 Narvella Jackson. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Narvella moved to Seattle from Oklahoma at the age of 4. 

Narvella Jackson. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Narvella moved to Seattle from Oklahoma at the age of 4. 


 KL Shannon. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. KL grew up in the Central District and is a long-time community and labor organizer who was mentored by the late Tyree Scott.

KL Shannon. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. KL grew up in the Central District and is a long-time community and labor organizer who was mentored by the late Tyree Scott.


 Al Doggett. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Al is an artist who has lived, and taught art, in the CD since the early '60s. 

Al Doggett. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Al is an artist who has lived, and taught art, in the CD since the early '60s. 


 Vivian Phillips. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Vivian grew up in the CD, worked at KYAC radio, and is a leader in Seattle arts and culture.

Vivian Phillips. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Vivian grew up in the CD, worked at KYAC radio, and is a leader in Seattle arts and culture.


 Sky Sawyer. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Sky grew up in the CD.

Sky Sawyer. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Sky grew up in the CD.


 Aretha Basu. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Aretha grew up in the CD, the only Indian kid in an apartment building full of Mexican families. 

Aretha Basu. Portrait by Jill Freidberg. Aretha grew up in the CD, the only Indian kid in an apartment building full of Mexican families. 


 Gary Hammon. Portrait by Inye Wokoma. Gary grew up playing music in Central District clubs and was in the first cohort of black musicians admitted to the New England Conservatory. 

Gary Hammon. Portrait by Inye Wokoma. Gary grew up playing music in Central District clubs and was in the first cohort of black musicians admitted to the New England Conservatory. 


External Resources


Even The Walls
As bulldozers raze their neighborhood, public-housing tenants reflect on decades of experiences and grapple with losing their tight-knit community to a rapidly gentrifying city.