Black Archives of Mid-America

Black Archives of Mid-America Opening to the public 2012! The mission of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Inc. is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri region.

Black Archives of Mid-America is an educational resource and provides access to its collections for research, exhibition and publication to honor our community heritage and to catalyze public awareness.


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Great Missouri Treasure Hunt (Homepage)

Great Missouri Treasure Hunt hosted by the Missouri State Archives! Entries must be entered by August 31st! Visit for more information!

The Missouri Digital Heritage is a portal to historical records located at various archives, museums and libraries throughout the state of Missouri, hosted by the Office of the Secretary of State in partnership with Missouri State Archives and the Missouri State Library. In 2007, Missouri Secretary ...


1722 E 17th Ter
Kansas City, MO

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The Black Archives of Mid-America, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is a center for learning and research into the African American experience in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and the Midwest at large.


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Thank you to all who attended our Exclusive Red Carpet Reception and Premiere Party for the new movie AILEY tonight! We were thrilled to have the movie's director, Jamila Wignot, as our special featured speaker at both events. Special thanks to the Black Archives of Mid-America for your partnership in hosting these events. The movie opens nationwide on Friday, August 6th (see full listing below). It will be playing at the Ward Parkway AMC in Kansas City. Go see this wonderful movie that provides insight into Alvin Ailey's life story and brilliance.....told primarily in his words.
Opening night Jul 2nd @ 1722 E 17th Terrace KCMO 64108 Friday from 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Official Page at The Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc. - Kansas City.
Professional Women's Basketball WBA Hall of Fame induction into The Black Archives of Mid-America.
Funeral procession led the community to the Black Archives of Mid-America for the opening of their exhibit The Story is in the Soil. It is a collection of soil from 60 sites of lynchings of African Americans in Missouri, identified in partnership with Equal Justice Initiative. This afternoon, soil from the West Bluffs in @KCMO was added commemorating the lynching of Levi Harrington. According to the exhibit, Harrington was wrongfully arrested for killing an officer and abducted from police custody by a white mob and lynched in April 1882.
Today we're releasing a wave of design collaborations with creators like Colo Chanel, Josh Ansah, and Miriam Randolph. As well, we will be donating money all year for some great museums in our communities: the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, the Great Plains Black History Museum in Omaha, the Black Archives of Mid-America in KC, and the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. #raygun
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date that Union General Gordon Granger notified enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom, over two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Missouri recognized Juneteenth as an official state holiday observance in 2003, but communities across the state have celebrated the occasion for decades. Kansas City’s modern Juneteenth celebration was created in 1980 by Horace M. Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America. The tradition and celebration continue under the leadership of Makeda Peterson, program director for JuneteenthKC. As with other events, COVID-19 precautions moved JuneteenthKC 2020 online for a virtual commemoration. See the wide variety of online JuneteenthKC activities here: In 2018, Makeda Peterson and her late mother Barbara Peterson helped develop a Missouri Community Legacies project on Juneteenth in Kansas City. Learn more here: Missouri Community Legacies is a documentation initiative of The State Historical Society of Missouri and part of its commemoration of the Missouri Bicentennial. The goal of the program is to create a “snap shot” of Missouri traditions, creative expressions, meaningful places, organizations, and institutions and develop a resource – built by the people of Missouri – of long-term use to students and teachers, researchers, and others interested in the rich history, life, and culture of the state. You can also find Juneteenth commemorations in Hannibal, Fayette, Jefferson City, Neosho, St. Louis, and other towns in Missouri. How is Juneteenth commemorated in your community? Share the story by completing your own Missouri Community Legacies project. Learn how here:
From KC to Canada, LINC's black history posters and booklets are sparking education the way partners Kansas City Public Library and Black Archives of Mid-America hoped. Thank you JC Harmon High School and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools for sharing your piece of this educational experience with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Visit any of our locations to get this year's Kansas City Black History poster set, which we produce in partnership with the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and Black Archives of Mid-America!