From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Edson, Edward Frank and Mary M.

According to Northwest Black Pioneers: a centennial tribute, Edward (b. 1863 in Kentucky) and Mary Duvall Edson (b. 1866 in Tennessee) were two of the early African American pioneers in urban Tacoma, WA. The Edsons had been living in Kentucky and resettled in California before moving to Washington in 1889.

Mr. Edson owned a barber shop and Mrs. Edson was a music teacher. The couple, who lived at 1422 K Street, helped establish the Allen A.M.E. Church. Edward F. Edson died October 3, 1935 in Tacoma.

For more see "Tacoma" on p. 38 of Northwest Black Pioneers: a centennial tribute, by R. Hayes.

Outside Kentucky Place Name

Item Relations

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Northwest Black pioneers: a centennial tribute

Related Entries Citing this Entry


Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Edson, Edward Frank and Mary M.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 18, 2024,

Last modified: 2021-01-11 20:10:22