Mission Statement

Our mission and purpose  is to celebrate, preserve, and document the contributions of the people, places and events that represent the history and legacy of Seattle’s Central Area.


About Us

The Central Area Documentary Project Association is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. It was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organization under the laws of the State of Washington.

The goal of the Central Area Documentary Project Association is to produce a video archive documenting the history of Seattle’s African American Community. The Central Area .a.k.a. Central District or “CD” is a community that grew from a tapestry of various ethnicities. The majority being African Americans who migrated to the Pacific Northwest from various parts of the country during the twentieth century.

We document how the Central Area from the early 1900’s became the premiere and iconic cultural center that produced internationally known leaders in business, politics, and civil rights, as well as legendary athletes, musicians, and entertainers.
Our goal is to preserve the legacy of Seattle’s Central Area before gentrification and celebrate the importance of this once strong, focused, and prideful community.


In 2012 Gregory Allen brought together a group of life long former and present Central Area residents. The group had several meetings to discuss producing a series of video documentaries, which would document the history of Seattle’s African American community. In order to fulfill Gregory’s vision the group which included founding members Gregory Allen, William F. Espy, Robert F. Gant, Marsha Andrews, Joe Staton, Sista Letta, Gary Wayne Bible, Joanne Scott, Norma Waters-Moore, Deborah Glover and Deborah Jones who became the initial board of directors of the Central Area Documentary Project Association, Inc.


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  • Phone:
  • 206-304-6739
  • Email:
  • info@centralareadoc.org
  • Address:
  • PO Box 28033, Seattle, WA 98118

CADPA Projects

Musical History of Seattle's Central Area

The Aaron & Elmer Dixon Story