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Tolson, Melvin B
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Poem written by Melvin B. Tolson published in the Lincolnian yearbook his junior year (1917). Tolson graduated in 1918 from Lincoln High School.
Aaron Douglas taught art at Lincoln High School, Kansas City, Missouri, 1923-1925. Painted murals in Fisk University Library, Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1938.
Section about the abolitionist movement in Missouri and Kansas, especially the so-called "Underground Railroad," a system for secretly transporting slaves to freedom, starting in the 1840s and featuring...
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 Early Kansas City Theater
This book contains information concerning African Americans and their participation in early Kansas City theater and entertainment. Information includes performers names and where they played. See the...
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.
This book contains one page personal accounts of the lives of numerous women from the Kansas City metro area, as well as their photograph. Includes artist and poet Bonnie Tolson.
Photo and highlights of the sports career of Buck O'Neil, a former coach and player for the Kansas City Monarchs and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dawson, William L.
Short bio of Dawson with a transcription of a porition of an interview with Dawson about his time at the Horner Institute of Fine Arts (now the Conservatory of Music).
Highlights of the sports career of Derrick Thomas (1967-2000), a star player for the Kansas City Chiefs football team dying soon after a car accident.
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...
Edna E. Perry
This book contains one page personal accounts of the lives of numerous women from the Kansas City metro area, as well as their photograph. Includes Edna E. Perry, owner/founder of Edna E. Perry Real Estate...
Reprint of the Emancipation Ordinance by the Missouri state legislature, passed on January 11, 1865, freeing all slaves in the state. "Be it ordained by the people of the State of Missouri in Convention...
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...
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