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''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...
'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...
'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...
18th & Vine: Kansas City's Most Famous Intersection
Story of the neighborhood symbolizing "the jazz era that flourished in Kansas City between 1920 and World War II."
31st and Prospect Six Months Later: A Special Report on How Things Stand after April's Riots
Interviews of residents of the 31st Street and Prospect Avenue neighborhood with commentary about the aftermath of the 1968 race riots in that area and in Kansas City in general, with photos and first-hand...
A Burden and a Privilege
Photos and biographical article about Louis Smith, 50-year-old president of "AlliedSignal's [formerly Bendix Aerospace] Kansas City division" since about 1990 and "the highest-ranking executive of African-American...
A City Awakened: The Kansas City Race Riot of 1968
Article about the race riot in Kansas City touched off by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Day Trip Celebrating Kansas City's Leeds Neighborhood
An exhibit in Jefferson City, Missouri, during Black History Month, 2003, featured the community of Leeds, home to a group of African Americans in the Kansas City area. The author details the exhibit as...
A Defense of Missouri
Letter to the editor by Champ Clark, federal representative from Missouri, regarding the Missouri state government's laws and the state's following of federal laws, especially those dealing with disenfranchisement...
A Horrible Blot on the Name of Kansas
Article about the history of anti-slavery tradition in Kansas and an exceptional event occurring to the author's black friend, resulting in his death by burning in "one of the larger cities in Kansas."...
A Look at Slavery in Missouri
Article about the institution of slavery in Missouri and its distinctions from that in the Deep South, including the distribution of black slave families and treatment of black slave agricultural workers....
Photos and article about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the 18th & Vine District with description of many of the league's former players such as Buck O'Neil, Satchel Paige, Woody Smallwood, Lefty...
A Pitch for Black History: Black Baseball Museum Rescues Our Past
Photos and article about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at 1601 East 18th Street in Kansas City, with description of several of its members from the old Kansas City Monarchs.
A Plea for Negro Children in Kansas City
Discussion of inequalities in hospital service.
A Public Burning: Race, Sex, and the Lynching of Fred Alexander
Article discusses the lynching of Fred Alexander in Leavenworth, Kansas, on January 15, 1901, and the part played by the newspapers in the coverage of the events leading up to the lynching.
A Study of the Effects of Negro Invasion on Real Estate Values
Article about the "attempt to determine effects, if any, of the invasion of Negroes on real estate values in a selected area of Kansas City, Missouri."
A Tale of Two Cities: The Kansas City Riot Could Have Been Averted
Article pointing out several details in the April 1968 race riots about police department behavior leading to inflammation of the rioting rather than restoring order, including treating all black people...
A. V. Stevenson Heads Penn Valley Community College: College Has Largest Black Enrollment in Kansas City
Photos and biographical article about Andrew Victor Stevenson, or Andrew Stevenson, "eighth president of Penn Valley Community College," a black native Kansas Citian, and graduate of Lincoln High School....
Portrait of and biographical article about Aaron Douglas, known by some as "the father of black American art." Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1899, studied art at the University of Kansas, and taught...
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