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Roger D Cunningham
Eric L Wesson
Gary R Kremer
''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...
'Mother Taylor': At 83, Myra Taylor Reigns as One of KC's Greatest Singers Ever
April 2, 2000
Biographical article about Kansas City jazz singer Myra Taylor, a black woman starting out in 1930s night clubs and going on to USO and other overseas tours starting in World War II, with photos.
'Old Clay Is Some Punkins' (A History of Clay County)
Short description of Washington Dale, referred to as the oldest Missourian at 109 years old, living in Clay County in 1821 and in Kansas City during the Civil War emancipation.
'Showy' General Blamed in Massacre
September 28, 1963
Article about the surprise raid by William Quantrill's guerrillas on Major General James Blunt and his black troops at Baxter Springs, Kansas.
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."
A 102-Unit Projection to Investors Here
A Black Man's Kingdom in Kansas
File containing photos and a biographical article about Junius Groves (ca. 1859-1925), a wealthy Wyandotte County, Kansas potato farmer. Born into slavery in Kentucky and moving to Edwardsville, Kansas...
A City Divided: Kansas City in the 19th Century
Third in a monthly series of special sections of the Star on Kansas City history. Focus on the 1850s-1860s, during the destructive but pivotal times of war over slavery in the Kansas City area.
A Father's Day to Remember
June 17-23, 2011
Article reports that Rev. Joe Haskins received his Purple Heart after waiting 58 years. Haskins fought in the Korean War and has tried to get the award from every president since 1956. Under President...
A Mayor For All People
July 18, 2008
Article profiles Blue Springs, Mo. mayor Carson Ross, the first African American to hold that office. Prior to being elected mayor, Ross, a Republican, served for eight years on the Blue Springs City Council...
A Sorry Free State
Article describes the past and present of the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas. Quindaro was an anti-slavery town before and during the Civil War, and a crossing place on the Missouri River for runaway...
African American Missions
File containing a pamphlet entitled Dividends upon a Half Century of Missionary Investment, by Prof. W. H. Holloway. The pamphlet describes the benefits of the work of the American Missionary Association...
African American Soldiers in the Border War
Part one is a series about the role of black troops in the border wars fought along the Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas borders. This installment focuses on the political obstacles and controversy surrounding...
African Americans and Boosterism
Article features boosterism as it applied to the exodus of African Americans from the south after the Civil War. Exodusters came into Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado and the town of Nicodemus, Kansas is...
African-Americans in Wyandotte During the Pre-Civil War Period
Article describes the African American population in Wyandotte, Kansas prior to the Civil War, and discusses notable African American individuals in the area.
An Annotated Bibliography of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement (With Emphasis on Publications from 1980 to the Present)
Author states this bibliography grew out of teaching courses at Morgan State University on U.S. history, including a course on the civil rights movement. The bibliography is divided into Anthologies/Reference...
An Interview With Albert O. Bly
Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded December 2, 1975. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digitial; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide...
An Interview With Herbert Fennel
Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded January 13, 1976. 1 sound cassette (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to...
Andrew R. Carter: Leader
Photo and biographical sketch of Andrew Robinson "Skip" Carter, or Andrew Carter, a prominent black businessman in Kansas City and president of KPRS-AM-FM radio station, recently moved next to Union Station...
December 16, 1966
File containing a photo and brief biographical article about Arthur Brock, black recipient of the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver medal, resident of 2925 East 28th Street, graduate of Kansas University, "veteran...
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