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Discover Historic Treasures During Black History Month

Missouri has a rich African American heritage, and one place to explore Black History is Kansas City. Throughout Black History Month, there will plenty of historic sites to explore as well as events like Genealogy workshops, and entertainment to enjoy. One place to discover the music roots of African American's is at the American Jazz Museum. Here, you'll uncover legends like Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and others who moved to their own beat in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Just next door is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which showcase the history and heroes of the Negro Leagues from their origin after the Civil War to their demise in the 1960s. Also, located in the Jazz District of Kansas City is the Charlie Parker Memorial, which honors the native born jazz legend.

The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, located at 1722 E. 17th Terr. will host several engaging events and documentary screenings. If you want to explore more on Black History attend a Genealogy workshop at The National Archives at Kansas City. This is an opportunity to discover African-American contributions to the Union during the Civil War. And, they have also hosted event that include African-American Census Research, and more workshops.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will present exciting exhibits that focus on Black History. Previous exhibits included the museum's expressive African collection that features almost 300 objects. Nearby, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will also present exhibits that celebrate National Black History Month. One of their wonderful exhibits was on Frederick James Brown, who passed away in May 2012, and left a legacy of painted stories.

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By Melody Schubert

Getting There:

To explore all the events, and entertainment to enjoy during Black History Month visit the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association at

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About The Author

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