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11 Things We Learned About Seattle In 2015

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm at the Black & Tan Speakeasy, Sept. 24, 1944. Photo by Al Smith Sr.
Courtesy of The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

1. Who some of these people are in these amazing archival photos of African-American life in Seattle.

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6. Once upon a time, Washington state almost had an income tax

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