In celebration and honor of Juneteenth, Pike Place Public Market turned off most of its Public Market Center Clock sign last weekend to illuminate only the letters B-L-M.
This show of support was the first time in their history that they’d turned off the iconic letter lights, according to an Instagram post.
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Along with their light demonstration, the market released the following blog post:
We are living in a time of crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice at our doorstep. At Pike Place Market we are expanding our focus from reopening our vibrant Market to include supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand with our business owners, farmers, artists, musicians, residents, visitors and allies in the fight against racism and injustice. The Pike Place Market is comprised of 500+ small businesses with generations of black and African American families working to serve our community.
The Market has always been a gathering space for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. It is a place where hundreds come to sell goods and we welcome millions of people from all over the world to be part of the magic that is Pike Place Market. The Market is for everyone.
Below is a list of Black-owned businesses in the Market and ways you can support them.
This is the first step of many Pike Place Market will be taking to educate, inform, and amplify the voices from the Black and African American community at the Market. As the Soul of Seattle, we need to do our part to end racism. Staying silent is not an option.
Those wishing to support Black-owned businesses in the market can look through this online guide.