"History teaches values. If it is true history, it teaches true values.Can we learn from history? The short answer is yes—if we are willing to." (David Crabtree, Gutenberg College)
The First General meeting of the Partners of The Kansas African American History Trail was held on Jan 20, 2017. As reciepients of the IMLS Grant, TKAAM will collaborate with Partner sites to distinguish and tell the story of the African American contributions to Kansas at it's various historical sites, chronicling the people, places, and events that created this rich history. It is a shared history of Kansans that deserves another look.
The sites include: Nicodemus, African American Township; The Buffalo Soldiers, stationed at Ft. Leavenworth; Ft.Riley, and active in Ft.Scott and Baxter Springs; Brown vs.Board National Park; The John Ritchie House, Abolitionist; The Richard Allen House, home of a Buffalo Soldier; home of Langston Hughes, Lawrence; home of Gordon Parks, Ft.Scott; several sites of the Undergroound Railroad; John Brown, memorial park in Oswatomie; The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City; George Washington Carver, Ottawa and many more that are prominent and worth mention. It is the intent of the partnership to form an alliance to support and sustain the sites along the trail, to elevate public awareness, to develop education programs and to celebrate and share this history throughout the nation. Please join us on this Journey.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."