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Jane F Flynn
John H Johnson
Lacy J Banks
About Town: Remember James Crews?
African American School
The first public school for black people in the city, located in Westport, is mentioned in the abstract under SEMINARY LANDS: 2.71 acres between colored schoolhouse and Main Cross Street in Westport (SW...
Begins New Job in Prosecutor's Office
January 31, 1947
Vertical file with photo and caption about Erylene Bryant, "the first Negro [sic] to serve in a clerical capacity in the courthouse in recent years." Bryant began "as secretary-stenographer in the Jackson...
Biography of Hazel Browne Williams (1907-1986), Educator
Biography of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Baseball Player
Blacks Have Endowed KC
February 10, 1986
Three-part article about three prominent African Americans from Kansas City's past: Judge Carl Johnson, Minnie Crosthwaite, and Rev. D.A. Holmes. Carl Johnson was "the first black elected to a judgeship...
Blacks in Kansas City, Part III--Business and Industry
February 21-February 28, 1986
Third in a series of four articles about the history of African Americans in Kansas City. It provides an overview of black business and industry, from the period before emancipation in 1865 to the present...
Charles M. Mason to Constable Post
November 30, 1956
File containing an article and photo about Charles Mason, "the first Negro deputy constable to serve in the Jackson county courthouse," appointed by Judge Bernard Gnefkow (also listed alternately here...
Early African American Police Officers
Book excerpt about Lafayette Tillman, William Davis, Cornelius Carter, and J.J. Mattjoy, early African American police officers of the Kansas City Police Department. Tillman was the second black police...
Emanuel Cleaver: Newest Black Minister Wins in Kansas City
Photos and biographical article about Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, elected in 1991 as "the first Black mayor of Kansas City, Mo." at the age of 46. Native of Texas becoming a civic activist and city councilman...
Emily Fisher, First Independence Black Business Woman
Biographical article about Emily Fisher, the "first Independence black business woman," born a slave in Kentucky about 1808 and arriving in Jackson County in 1836 and managing a hotel in Independence owned...
Ewing to Study for Banker Job
October 11, 1946
Vertical file with photo and biographical article about Ephraim Ewing, "former business manager of Wheatley-Provident hospital." Ewing became "cashier of the Douglass State bank which will open for business...
Ex-Slave Was a Success in Early Independence
February 23, 1986
Biographical article with photo about Hiram Young (1815-1882), a wagon-maker and ex-slave in 19th century Independence, Missouri. Young is described as "one of the richest men in Jackson County" by 1860...
Father of Miss Capitola Jones Dies in Topeka
March 14, 1952
Vertical file containing an obituary for John Paul Jones, a Kansas City lawyer dying at the age of 96 on March 7, 1952. Jones was born in a log cabin "of slave parentage" and "was licensed to practiced...
Federal Loan Agency to Hold Gala Opening
June 25, 1954
News article about the opening of the "Twin City Federal Savings & Loan Association, 1825 1-2 Vine St., the first institution of its kind to be organized by Negroes in the Midwest." H. W. Sewing was the...
Final Rites in KCK for Rev. Benedict Justice
December 9, 1966
Vertical file containing a photo and obituary for Reverend Benedict Justice, "36, superior and pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, Kansas City, Kas." He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1930 and...
First Black Police Officer To Be Honored
June 18, 2005
Article says that William F. Davis was Kansas City's first African American police officer. The Kansas City Police Historical Society identified Davis and decided he joined the force when it was founded...
Found! Lincoln's Earlier Love
November 9, 2005
Article gives some information on graves located in Elmwood Cemetery. It states that volunteers have found the grave of William F. Davis, the city's first African American police officer, hired in 1874....
Obituary for Gaitha Page, first black graduate of the Kansas State Teachers College, dying at the age of 89 on February 22, 1970.
September 17, 1945
File containing a photo and biographical article about Mrs. Genevieve Allen, "2719 Garfield [Avenue], first Negro [sic] woman to be appointed as policewoman on the Kansas City police department" on August...
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