"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 Kansas African American History Trail will distinguish sites throughout the state to educate the public about the African American contributions that shaped events in the state.
The first General meeting was held Jan 20, 2017 for the Partners sites that are curretnly included on the Trail.
The sites include: Nicodemus, African American Township, Pre/Post Civil war events, The Bufffalo soldiers fought courageously to defend the right for Kansas to become a free state Ft.Riley, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft.Scott, Baxter Springs, The Richard Allen Museum, former home of a Buffalo Soldier. Several sites conducted Underground Railroad activity. John Brown, abolitionist traveled to Oswatomie to fight proslavers. Lawrence is where Langston Hughes grew up as a child, Gordon Parks hailed from Ft.Scott, Topeka-Brown vs. Board of Education gave African Americans the right to attend school with Whites, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum chronicles the start of the League and it's importance and impact in conjunction with the socio economic and political climate of America's History.
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 come with 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."