East Bay site could be named for African-American hoteliers Rebecca and Alexander Howard


A proposal to name a point in Olympia’s East Bay after an African-American couple who lived nearby in the 1860s and 1870s and ran a prominent downtown hotel will go before a state committee on names in the coming week.

Rebecca and Alexander Howard moved to Olympia from Massachusetts and operated the Pacific House near what is now State Avenue Northeast and Capitol Way North. The couple lived near a small cape on the east side of…

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