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Nelson Caesar Crews and Chester Arthur Franklin
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TitleNelson Caesar Crews and Chester Arthur Franklin
AbstractBook 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 of the Kansas City Call newspaper. Crews was born in Howard County, Missouri in the 1870s-1880s and came to Kansas City in 1889 with his wife Tillie Crews as a civil rights speaker and activist, conducting speaking tours across central and northwest Missouri, pursuing equal rights for African Americans and fighting segregation until his death in 1923, at his home at 2624 Highland Avenue. Franklin was born in Texas and grew up in Omaha before coming to Kansas City in 1913, opening a printing business at 1408 Main Street and starting the Call in 1919 at 1311 East 11th Street, moved in 1922 to 1713-15-17 East 18th Street. Like Crews, Franklin "became a powerful advocate for the concerns of black Kansas City" through his paper.
NotesNelson Crews also held city offices such as assistant superintendent of streets, clerk of the police court, deputy city clerk, and even special agent of the Department of Agriculture during the Taft administration (page 100).
AuthorCharles Coulter
Date2006
Source"Take Up the Black Man's Burden" Kansas City's African American Communities 1865-1939
LocationMVSC BROWSING 977.8411 C85T
PublisherUniversity of Missouri Press
Chapter Title3 (Professionals, Businesspeople, and Others)
Page100-114
Local SubjectKansas City Sun Herald
Franklin, Chester A.
Crews, Tillie
Race Discrimination
Crews, Nelson C.
Newspapers
African Americans
Journalists
Kansas City Call
Segregation
Firsts
IllustrationsNo
Item TypeBook Section
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Item ID216165
CONTENTdm number10639
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