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Bacote, Samuel W
Watkins, Theron B
African American Schools
Schools, in particular Lincoln High School, were a source of pride and "instruments of community and racial formation in the 1920s and 1930s" amongst the African American community in Kansas City. This...
African Americans in Politics
Passage in book describes early attempts to get African American candidates on the ballot. Theron B. Watkins' unsuccessful campaign for city alderman and L. Amasa Knox's campaign for the state legislature...
African Americans in the Local Meat Packing Industry
The role of African Americans in the local meat packing industry is discussed in Chapter 2 of the book. Describes the conditions under which they worked as well as labor union practices.
Description of Packing Houses
Excerpt from one of Melvin B. Tolson's "popular 'Caviar and Cabbage' columns for the Washington Tribune" that describes his work at the packing house in 1918.
Early African American Ministers
Three ministers are listed in the book as early forces in the pre-World War I African American community in Kansas City. They include: Samuel William Bacote, pastor of the Second Baptist Church; T.H. Ewing...
Early African American Physicians in Kansas City
Prominent African American physicians listed under the heading of "Medical Leadership: Protecting the Race" in Chapter 3 include: Thomas C. Unthank, John E. Perry, D. Madison Miller, and Howard Smith....
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...
Early African American Religious Leaders In Kansas City
Under the heading of "Religious Leadership" in Chapter 3 is mentioned the following men: Samuel Bacote (Second Baptist); James Hurse (St. Stephen's); T.H. Ewing (Vine Street) and D. A. Holmes (Vine Street)....
Early Local African American Educators
The significance to Kansas City schools of African Americans R.T. Coles or Richard T. Coles, G.N. Grisham, and W.W. Yates is detailed in this book. Coles placed significance on the manual arts for the...
Felix Payne and William Thompkins
Book excerpt about Felix Payne, founder and publisher of the Kansas City American newspaper during its run from 1928 to 1941. Payne was a native of Marshall, Missouri coming to Kansas City around 1900...
Health Care Institutions
Portion of chapter, "School, Church, and Health", describes the development of health care institutions for African Americans. Old City Hospital or General Hospital #2 was "a point of pride for many African...
Book excerpt about Henry Perry, "the city's first barbecue king" and a local philanthropist. Perry came to Kansas City in 1907 as a beef sandwich operator first along "Banks Alley on the west side of downtown"...
Homer Roberts and Reuben Street
Book excerpt about Homer Roberts and Reuben and Ella Street, early black businesspeople of Kansas City. Roberts was "one of the first African American car salesmen in the country" and Reuben Street was...
Nelson Caesar Crews and Chester Arthur Franklin
Book excerpt about Nelson Caesar Crews, or Nelson Crews (ca. 1875-1923), an early African American newspaper owner and editor of the Kansas City Sun, and Chester Franklin (1880-1955), founder and publisher...
Paseo YMCA and YWCA
Chapter on the YMCA and YWCA near 19th and Paseo and their importance to African Americans in Kansas City. The Paseo YMCA was seen as "the largest single enterprise" in the community. Its meeting rooms...
Play: Not Without Laughter
Chapter focuses on the music or club scene in Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s. "Kansas City provided a setting for the grooming and maturation of some of the country's most important jazz voices". A...
Portion of book chapter, "School, Church, and Health" describes the importance of the church to the African American community. The author profiles four of the largest black churches: Second Baptist, St....
The Challenges of the Great Depression, 1930-1939
Chapter of book describes how the Great Depression was particularly difficult for African American wage earners. As good jobs became more scarce, black workers were bumped out by white ones. Chapter also...
Book excerpt about Theron Watkins (1877-1950), or T.B. Watkins, a prominent African American of Kansas City and father of local politician Bruce Watkins. Watkins was born near Indianapolis and came to...
Portions of this book provide history of the Kansas City Urban League and its importance to the African American community. It sought to "increase the participation of African Americans in every phase...
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