Public Arts at 23rd and Union

2301 E. Union St., Seattle, WA 98122

The corner of 23rd and Union Street has a long history in the Seattle. Due to redlining, the Central Area was one of the few areas African Americans were provided loans to own homes. This corner was one of the last places in the Central Area with a high concentration of Black-owned businesses and served an important role both commercially and socially. In the development of these blocks, Vivian Phillips, long-time Seattle resident and artist advocate, was instrumental in preserving a space to honor the history, celebrate the people, and maintain a space that centers Blackness that all can call home. Several area artists were commissioned to create works to invoke conversation, keep memories alive, and spur creativity and innovation through arts into the future.