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1. About Town: Remember James Crews? About Town: Remember James Crews? January/22/1988

2. African American School 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...

3. Begins New Job in Prosecutor's Office 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...

4. Biography of Hazel Browne Williams (1907-1986), Educator Biography of Hazel Browne Williams (1907-1986), Educator 1999

5. Biography of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Baseball Player Biography of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Baseball Player 1999

6. Blacks Have Endowed KC 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...

7. Blacks in Kansas City, Part III--Business and Industry 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...

8. Charles M. Mason to Constable Post 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...

9. Early African American Police Officers Early African American Police Officers 2006 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...

10. Emanuel Cleaver: Newest Black Minister Wins in Kansas City Emanuel Cleaver: Newest Black Minister Wins in Kansas City September//1991 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...

11. Emily Fisher, First Independence Black Business Woman Emily Fisher, First Independence Black Business Woman Fall//1995 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...

12. Ewing to Study for Banker Job 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...

13. Ex-Slave Was a Success in Early Independence 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...

14. Father of Miss Capitola Jones Dies in Topeka 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...

15. Federal Loan Agency to Hold Gala Opening 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...

16. Final Rites in KCK for Rev. Benedict Justice 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...

17. First Black Police Officer To Be Honored 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...

18. Found! Lincoln's Earlier Love 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....

19. Gaitha Page Gaitha Page February/23/1970 Obituary for Gaitha Page, first black graduate of the Kansas State Teachers College, dying at the age of 89 on February 22, 1970.

20. Genevieve Allen Genevieve Allen 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...