Idea of African American Museum to be housed in Colman School building proposed to Mayor Royer by the Community Exchange, a multi-racial coalition.
Formation of Task Force to establish an African American Museum.
African American community activists, Earl Debnam, Michael Greenwood, Charlie James and Omari Tahri occupy the recently closed Colman School to establish and claim the site as the desired museum location.
The City, Seattle School District, and community activists explore other possible locations for the Museum.
A not-for-profit organization called the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is formed. A Board of Directors is selected to oversee the project with Mayor Norm Rice’s office.
Mayor Norm Rice appoints Bob Flowers to chair African American Heritage Museum Board.
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, under the leadership of the Board of Directors and CEO James Kelly, takes on the project and purchases Colman School buiding in 2003 from Seattle School District.
Carver Gayton becomes Director and Barbara Earl Thomas, Curator, of the Northwest African American Museum.
NAAM opens its doors as an private 501(c) 3 non-profit independent of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.