Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph

Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph The Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph exhibits African American history in St. Joseph. Founded in 1991 by Jewell Robinson as the Knea-Von Black Archives, the Black Archives Museum of St.
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Joseph exhibits the history of the African Americans in St. In 2001, the Black Archives Museum became a member museum of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

Operating as usual

04/03/2021
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Wind and a slight chill out today. We think it has kept a few if our reservations away so we are accepting walk ins now until noon! Come out and see us!! Any left over eggs will remain at the mansion to for first come first serve after the event ends also. 1100 Charles street.

04/02/2021
The next few #ThankfulThursday posts will highlight our membership program. Memberships allow you certain perks at the m...
04/01/2021
Become a Member | St. Joseph Museums

The next few #ThankfulThursday posts will highlight our membership program. Memberships allow you certain perks at the museum and help us continue to provide for the community. Your membership is a donation that helps us preserve artifacts, create engaging exhibits, and continue providing programs for all ages. This week we are focusing on our student level. The student level is popular with, you guessed it, students and interns. Benefits to the $20 Student Level are in the photo. Memberships are renewed annually. You can learn more or sign up for a membership at www.stjosephmuseum.org/become-a-member You can also call us at 816-232-8471, or stop in to 3406 Frederick Avenue daily from 10-5, and the Wyeth-Tootle Fridays and Saturdays 10-4. We'd love to see your smiling faces and discuss more ways you can get involved!

Membership to the St. Joseph Museums means you are committed to providing a gateway to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting items that reflect the history of the St. Joseph area and its citizens.

Downtown St. Joseph
03/31/2021

Downtown St. Joseph

The Weekend Guide looks a little different this week since its FIRST SATURDAY! There are a number of participating businesses events happening this weekend downtown. Everything from History Speaks hosted by St Joseph Public Library, to the Downtown Instagram Scavenger Hunt hosted by Manic Snail! Be sure to check out www.downtownstjoemo.com for more information.

#downtownstjoe #stjoemo #FIRSTSATUDAY #shopsmall #shoplocal #mainstreet #mainstreetstjoseph

Gatrell's Cowboy-Up
03/26/2021

Gatrell's Cowboy-Up

We would like to honor Ms. Virginia Glass today. The community lost another great person, but many were blessed by the 1...
03/25/2021

We would like to honor Ms. Virginia Glass today. The community lost another great person, but many were blessed by the 103 years she gave to serving and educating the St. Joseph area. Generations felt her impact and we hope to continue honoring her at the museum now that she has passed on. She is pictured below in the Bartlett school faculty photo from our archives. She is also a part of the film version and the book In Their Own Words. Ms. Glass has a strong legacy in her students and these forms at the museum so her life can still inform, educate, and be a part of the future of St. Joseph. Our thoughts are with all of you that knew and loved Ms. Glass. #ThankfulThursday https://www.newspressnow.com/opinion/street_smarts/virginia-glass-educated-generations-of-students/article_1b74e852-8cb6-11eb-94d2-1b6bfd9b776e.html

Please note the we WILL CONTINUE REQUIRING MASKS. We wish to give staff time to get vaccinated and then will base future...
03/23/2021
Mayor ends St. Joseph mask mandate

Please note the we WILL CONTINUE REQUIRING MASKS. We wish to give staff time to get vaccinated and then will base future decisions dependant on community case numbers as the weeks progress. Thank you all for your efforts to keep our staff and community safe and healthy.

St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray terminated the mask mandate after the City Council voted 5-4 to support the end of the mandate during their meeting Monday.

Coming soon to your FYP
03/22/2021
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March is National Craft Month, enjoy these easy to do crafts. #SundayFunday
03/21/2021

March is National Craft Month, enjoy these easy to do crafts. #SundayFunday

Just a few ideas to keep young children amused during the lockdown. Stay safe everyone

Downtown St. Joseph
03/19/2021

Downtown St. Joseph

Mark your calendars...
#stjoemo #downtownstjoemo #soundsofsummer #outdoorconcer

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Helen Washington, please keep Ramadhan, her daughter, and grandchildren in your t...
03/17/2021

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Helen Washington, please keep Ramadhan, her daughter, and grandchildren in your thoughts and prayers.

03/13/2021
The Battle of Island Mound

Today in 1862: The United States Federal Government forbids Union Army officers from returning fugitive slave. This effectively annuls the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Then again today in 1865: The use of African-American troops are authorized by the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

See a wall sized painting of the Battle of Island Mound, Harrisonville, MO in the Black Archives Exhibits at the St. Joseph Museums 3406 Frederick Avenue.

1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry commandeers the Toothman Farm and renames it 'Fort Africa'. The battle was significant as the first time African-American troops on the Union side engaged enemy white troops in the Civil War.

Travel back to 1862 to the site of the Battle of Island Mound where African-American troops first engaged in Civil War combat. Experience the battle first-h...

St Joseph Museums Inc.
03/11/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

This #ThankfulThursday is for Ramadhan Washington. As a 2004 Hall of Fame Inductee and current committee member, Ramadhan has been continuously involved in developing or promoting cultural and social affairs in town, and specifically for the Midtown area. Linked here is a recent interview with Ramadhan. https://recollectionagency.com/tag/ramadan-washington/

St Joseph Museums Inc.
03/09/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Happy National Barbie Day! Have you seen the newest Maya Angelou Barbie? Other photos are of our Barbie section in the Around the World Doll Museum Exhibit at our 3406 Frederick Avenue location. #ToyTuesday

St Joseph Museums Inc.
03/07/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Facebook has had a glitch lately preventing us from creating new events. Hopefully we can add these soon, but in the mean time check out more program details and register for spring events at www.stjosephmuseum.org/events. Photos attached are some of our upcoming March, April, and May programs. Lake Contrary book signing, Easter at the Mansion, April Imagineer Club over pollinators, May American Girl Doll Club over Kaya, and Mah Jongg. #SundayFunday

Charles Mujahid Triplett. In addition to committing his time and efforts to the Black Archives Museum committee, and bei...
03/04/2021

Charles Mujahid Triplett. In addition to committing his time and efforts to the Black Archives Museum committee, and being a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, Charles currently serves as the President for the local NAACP chapter. He is heavily involved in the community in a number of organizations, including but not limited to several youth programs, men's shelters, and the penal system all over Missouri. A true testament to hard work on ones self and the community, the power of hope and education, and of second chances. Linked here is a short profile done by the News-press in 2015 https://youtu.be/xBebn42ZdnE #ThankfulThursday

We are currently seeking applicants for a PAID internship opportunity for the Summer or Fall 2021.The Black Archives Mus...
03/03/2021
McGaughy Internship | St. Joseph Museums

We are currently seeking applicants for a PAID internship opportunity for the Summer or Fall 2021.

The Black Archives Museum of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. invites students interested in the museum profession to apply for the Robert and Cecilia McGaughy Black Archives Diversity and Inclusion Internship.

​Sponsored by Danielle McGaughy in honor of her grandparents, the internship supports educational opportunities to work in the museum field on projects that promote respect, diversity, inclusion, education, and connection. Internships can provide training in interpretation, educational programming, exhibit design, marketing, collections management, and nonprofit business management.

The internship supports a $1500 stipend for 125 internship hours.

For more information please email Sara Wilson at [email protected] or call 816-232-8471.

To apply visit:
https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/mcgaughyinternship

The Black Archives Museum of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. invites students interested in the museum profession to apply for the

"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others" A fitting L. Frank Baum quote for ...
03/03/2021

"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others" A fitting L. Frank Baum quote for our dear friend. Since our original thankful thursday post (here and our SJM page), there has been no shortage of love shared online for Hamilton. We were saddened beyond words to hear of his passing yesterday. It is a testament to his big heart how far this has reached, and how many people were affected by his life. You are loved and missed brother Ham.

This week's #ThankfulThursday is all about Hamilton "Ham" Henderson. Ham was selected as one of the 2020 Black Archives Hall of Fame recipients for his work as an educator and positive influence in St. Joseph. You can see his portrait along with the other inductees of the Hall of Fame at 3406 Frederick Avenue. Reminder that we are closed this week for renovations, and should be reopening to the public Tuesday the 9th. Further updates will be provided as the project progresses.

Please note we are still requiring masks of all staff and visitors, monitoring building capacity, and have advanced or a...
02/28/2021

Please note we are still requiring masks of all staff and visitors, monitoring building capacity, and have advanced or at the door tickets available.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
02/27/2021
St Joseph Museums Inc.

St Joseph Museums Inc.

The Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph, MO Inc., in partnership with the City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County, will commemorate Missouri’s Bicentennial and celebrate St. Joseph and Buchanan County’s unique contributions to the state with the St. Joseph 2021: from steam to S.T.E.A.M on August 20-21, 2021 at Civic Center Park. The family-friendly festival will showcase St. Joseph’s contributions - past to present - in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. #MO2021 #ShowMeSaturday

Made With Uncommon Character, St. Joseph, MO
02/25/2021

Made With Uncommon Character, St. Joseph, MO

Black History Month brings us to the Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph ... a showcase of African American culture, achievements, and history in St. Joseph and the surrounding area. The archives were started by Jewell Robinson in 1991 as the Knea-Von Black Archives it became a part of the St Joseph Museums Inc. in 2002.

We encourage everyone in the community to take the time to visit the Black Archives Museum for exhibits on such topics as the Underground Railroad, the Middle Passage, desegregation, education, sports, music, and more.

The St Joseph Museums are open daily 10 AM - 4 PM and are located at 3406 Frederick Ave.

Joyce Starr is our honoree this #ThankfulThursday. Also a esteemed member of the Black Archives Hall of Fame, Joyce has ...
02/25/2021

Joyce Starr is our honoree this #ThankfulThursday. Also a esteemed member of the Black Archives Hall of Fame, Joyce has served in many roles in the city including time as councilmember. Here she is pictured in front of the Tree of Resilience at our 2020 Civil Rights tours. You can read her biography along with the other honored members of the Black Archives Hall of Fame at 3406 Frederick Avenue. Open daily 10-4, and then 10-5 starting March 1st. If you are interested in that Civil Rights history in St. Joseph's, we created a virtual tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbaelLcv2a0&list=PLJpkLm64K2X0r1Jricbt2ycCAld7iQt_O&index=1&t=2s

Another thoughtful and awesome article featuring the Black Archives of St. Joseph.https://www.kcur.org/arts-life/2021-02...
02/23/2021
Post Civil War Photo Negatives Document African Americans Building New Lives In Leavenworth

Another thoughtful and awesome article featuring the Black Archives of St. Joseph.

https://www.kcur.org/arts-life/2021-02-20/post-civil-war-photo-negatives-document-african-americans-building-new-lives-in-leavenworth

In the turbulent years following the Civil War, around 27,000 former slaves migrated to Kansas. They called themselves "exodusters" and they were fleeing Jim Crow laws. Some of them are remembered in a portrait exhibition of an African-American community in Leavenworth, Kansas.

The Village Celebration paid the museum a visit this past weekend.
02/22/2021
Charles Baker: African American Inventor of Friction Heat

The Village Celebration paid the museum a visit this past weekend.

With millions of Americans enduring one of the harshest winters in recent memory, the work of African American inventor Charles S.L. Baker may spark renewed interest in friction heat. Baker, who was born enslaved, is credited with building the first radiator system using friction heat. Baker was bo...

St Joseph Museums Inc.
02/18/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

This #ThankfulThursday we are throwing the spotlight on LaVell Rucker. LaVell is an active member on our Black Archives Committee. Her career in social work has benefited many youth and women, making her a superstar of involvement for St. Joseph. You can see her along our halls as a 2008 Black Archives Hall of Fame Inductee, and in our most recent Civil Rights video tour. https://youtu.be/HbaelLcv2a0

02/17/2021
Linda Hall Library

Linda Hall Library

Join Carver biographer Dr. Gary Kremer for a lively discussion on the history and legacy of one of America's most important inventors and scientists.

Film: Black Men in White Coats
02/16/2021
Film: Black Men in White Coats

Film: Black Men in White Coats

Register to watch the compelling new documentary "Black Men in White Coats" at home any time Sat., Feb. 20 through Mon., Feb 22. Also join us for an online discussion of the film on Feb. 25 at 7pm.

The museum will be closed tomorrow February 16th.
02/16/2021

The museum will be closed tomorrow February 16th.

The museum will be closed tomorrow February 16th.

St Joseph Museums Inc.
02/12/2021

St Joseph Museums Inc.

Today in 1909: The NAACP is founded. The St. Joseph chapter was originally founded in 1916, but had a few periods of reorganization. Kelsy Beshears helped revitalize and solidify the current chapter. You can read more about Mrs. Beshears at the Black Archive's Museum, or listen to LaVell Rucker tell her story in our Civil Rights virtual program. https://youtu.be/HbaelLcv2a0
#FrederickAvenueFriday

02/11/2021
Civil Rights

This #ThankfulThursday we wanted to share a few videos with you all. The first is our Civil Rights virtual program created by members of the Black Archives Committee for 2021. Video created as a stand alone lesson, or supplemental instructor guide is available through our website at: https://www.stjosephmuseum.org/black-archives-museum

The other is In Their Own Words: An Oral History of African American's in St. Joseph. Book available for purchase in our gift shop. Video linked here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p039EhVmrJA&feature=youtu.be

#civilrights #BLM #celebrateblackhistory #MakeBlackHistory

The Black Archives of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc., with funding from the Missouri Humanities Council, presents a civil rights virtual program. Video include...

Link to the NPR story on the newly renamed Pearl Milling Company. Below is our previous post on  its St. Joseph roots, c...
02/10/2021

Link to the NPR story on the newly renamed Pearl Milling Company. Below is our previous post on its St. Joseph roots, company history, the Aunt Jemima name, and Nancy Green. https://www.npr.org/2021/02/10/966166648/aunt-jemima-no-more-pancake-brand-renamed-pearl-milling-company?fbclid=IwAR3jS5MaewTiFF8IcYLrg2qi67zvE4Lvna8J-afaBcJQR-xgmL0GXaya7pY

The History of the Aunt Jemima Brand

In 1888, Christian Ludwig Rutt and Charles G. Underwood purchased a flour mill in St. Joseph, MO. Together they developed a formula that would allow for pancake mixture to be packaged and sold premixed rather than made from scratch at home. This mixture became known as Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix. Chris Rutt was unfortunately unable to market the mixture, so he sold the formula to the Randolph T. Davis Milling Company, also of St. Joseph, in 1890. Chris Rutt continued as a newspaper editor for the St. Joseph Gazette and later compiled the History of Buchanan County, Missouri books in 1904 and 1914.

R.T. Davis hired Nancy Green, a former slave and cook for Chicago judge, Charles M. Walker, and his brother, Dr. Samuel Walker, to portray the character of Aunt Jemima at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Thus Aunt Jemima was introduced to the world. Nancy Green’s image was used for the brand which became so popular that in 1913 the R.T. Davis Milling Company changed its name to the Aunt Jemima Milling Company.

Nancy Green continued to represent the character until her death in 1923. Though the company continued to use her likeness, they hired new actors to portray the character and refused to pay Nancy Green’s descendants royalties for the use of her image. Quaker Oats purchased the brand in 1926 and trademarked the Aunt Jemima name in 1937.

The Aunt Jemima brand never represented the real life story of Nancy Green, but her portrayal of the character afforded her a platform to become a missionary and activist for equal rights, which was denied to so many African Americans of her time.

Aunt Jemima was never a real person. She was a character originally portrayed by white musicians performing music and theater in blackface known as “minstrel shows” throughout the American South in the late 1800s. It is said that Chris Rutt viewed one of these shows and sought to use the character to sell the formula, something that R.T. Davis perfected by hiring Nancy Green to portray the character on the world’s stage.

The Black Archives collection is filled with examples of the use of racist stereotypes used to advertise American products. Aunt Jemima is not the only representation of racist marketing, but is one of the longest standing.

The R.T. Davis house, often referred to as the Aunt Jemima house, still stands in St. Joseph today. It was constructed for and occupied by R.T. Davis. It was never occupied by Nancy Green or a "real life" Aunt Jemima. The mill was torn down to make way for the I-229 ramps downtown, but once stood at 202 Edmond Street.

St. Joseph has a long history with Aunt Jemima and Quaker Oats. Part of history is recognizing how society changes and realizing many stories were told at the expense of others. As we move forward in time as a society, it is our collective responsibility to acknowledge when we have exploited others. History is never erased, it continues on and advances through self reflection and critical analysis of the past.

We hope this has been an informative post of the history of the Aunt Jemima brand, its origins and ties to St. Joseph, and the true history of its representation through the years. We will be creating a more complete presentation in the near future.

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