Lafayette Tillman

Description: File containing photos and information on Lafayette Alonzo Tillman, or Lafayette Tillman (1858-1914), the second African American police officer of Kansas City and an early barbershop singer. Native of Indiana coming here in 1880 and opening a restaurant in 1881 at 105 East 12th Street, later working at a barber shop at 11th and Walnut Streets before opening his own at 12th and Grand Avenues. Later performing with the Allen Chapel Choir, serving in the Spanish-American War and "appointed a police officer in Kansas City, Missouri and at the time when there was only one Negro police officer" in about the 1901s.
Location: Vertical File: African Americans--Prominent
Item Type: Vertical File


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