Washington Capitol to honor Black pioneer with monument

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Capitol will receive a new monument honoring the state’s first Black pioneer George Bush and his son, William Owen Bush, who was the state’s first Black lawmaker. KUOW-FM reported that the state Department of Enterprise Services, which oversees the Capitol Campus, announced Tuesday that the monument is a collaboration between the department and the Washington State Historical Society. Bush, who was biracial, helped lead families from Missouri in 1844 to settle in what is now Tumwater, Washington. The monument is expected to receive funding through an appropriation made by the state Legislature last year. The installment could happen as early as this summer.