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Eric L Wesson
"Doc" Brown, Famous Kansas City Cake Walker
Manuscript about Kansas City cake walker Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
"Black Capitalism" as Negro Hope
April 30, 1968
Biographical article about Booker T. Washington and his statements from around the turn of the 20th century about "black capitalism" being re-popularized by the Richard Nixon administration in the late...
"Doc" Brown Cake Walker
Manuscript about the famous Kansas City cake walker, Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
Poem written by Melvin B. Tolson published in the Lincolnian yearbook his junior year (1917). Tolson graduated in 1918 from Lincoln High School.
$1 Million Makes a Big Difference
August 15, 2007
The Black Archives of Mid-America will have a new home at a former park maintenance building at 17th Street and Woodland Avenue. The building already houses the Full Employment Council, but needs structural...
''Aunt Maria'' Moore Is Dead
December 1, 2003
A reprint from "The Times", Pleasant Hill, Mo., May 8, 1936. Maria Moore came to Jackson County, Missouri as one of the slaves of Jabez Smith. She was later sold to Tom Thomas of Pleasant Hill and spent...
''They Faltered Not''
February 1, 2005
Short history of the First Kansas Colored Volunteers during the Civil War and specifically Missouri's Battle of Island Mound which was the first battle for any black regiment. Republican Kansas Senator...
''We All Had a Cause'': Kansas City's Bomber Plant, 1941-1945
The B-25 bomber was crucial to the war effort during World War II and many of these bombers were made in North American Aviation's Kansas City, Kansas facility. "This article describes the origin and development...
'70 Slaying of Politician a Mob Hit?
October 31, 2010
Article about the re-opened Leon Jordan murder case that ties the murder to the Mafia. New evidence implicates a "low-profile mob associate known on the street as 'Shotgun Joe' [Joe Centimano]." Centimano...
'Accidental' Lawyer Surprised by Top N. A. A. C. P. Post
Photo and biographical article about Margaret Bush Wilson, or Margaret Wilson, a 55-year-old black lawyer of Saint Louis "bec[oming] the first black woman elected board chairman of the National Association...
'Blind Boone': A Sensational Missourian Forgotten
April 1, 1961
Article with an brief general history of ragtime music, "the ancestor of all popular music," and a biographical sketch of John William Boone, or Blind Boone (1864-1927), a prominent black musician living...
'Buffalo Soldiers': Seeking a Niche in History
File containing a photo, illustration, and biographical article about Albert Bly, "a former trooper and officer of the Tenth U. S. Cavalry" and a 57-year-old black military historian, residing at 2602...
'But, Will This Still be 'Demus?"
Article describes the past and present of Nicodemus, Kansas. The town was founded in 1877 by about 60 African American families from the Lexington, Kentucky, area who were intent on establishing a "Free...
'Freedom Mall' Envisioned
June 7, 2010
Ed Hogan, Kansas City artist, has created four statues that "tell the stories of many slaves who once sought freedom across the Missouri River." The statues are part of the Kansas City River Trails Inc....
'He Was a Great Mentor and Tutor'
January 2, 2006
Article describing the life of G. Lawrence Blankinship, Sr., who died at age 92 on December 28, 2005. Blankinship was one of the first African American members of the Kansas City City Council, and was...
'Mother of Youth Court' Dies
July 4, 2005
Kansas City humanitarian Mildred Watson served as the first female commissioner in the juvenile division of the Jackson County Circuit Court and was referred to as "the mother of youth court". She died...
'Mother Taylor': At 83, Myra Taylor Reigns as One of KC's Greatest Singers Ever
April 2, 2000
Biographical article about Kansas City jazz singer Myra Taylor, a black woman starting out in 1930s night clubs and going on to USO and other overseas tours starting in World War II, with photos.
'Mother' of 100 Takes Children into Heart
July 29, 1975
Biographical article with photo about Mrs. Willa Carter, 78-year-old matriarch of a large adopted family of over 100 foster children in Kansas City. The story is told of her long process of adopting starting...
'Old Clay Is Some Punkins' (A History of Clay County)
Short description of Washington Dale, referred to as the oldest Missourian at 109 years old, living in Clay County in 1821 and in Kansas City during the Civil War emancipation.
'Overjoyed' At Being An Exile
October 21, 2004
Steve Penn's "Commentary" feature column provides information about Pete O'Neal and his communicating by speaker phone from Tanzania, Africa to a group gathered at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center...
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