African American Heritage Trail

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Kansas City’s African American heritage has a rich and long history in Kansas City, MO. There are many sites related to civil rights such as the Swope Park Pool, Shelter #10, and numerous historic African American Churches. This project will connect all of these sites through a Heritage Trail which will tell the story of the African American experience in Kansas City. The project will rely on existing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as other properties identified through research and public input.

Goals of the KCMO African American Heritage Trail:

List of Proposed Sites – this list includes sites that have already been listed on the Local and National Registers of Historic Places as well as sites, people and events suggested by area residents. Please contact us if you have ideas for sites not listed, or if you have information which will help us identify locations, time period and significance.

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Existing National and Kansas City Register-listed African American Historic Sites:

Our Partners

Strong partnerships with the many successful community organizations we are lucky enough to have in Kansas City, Mo are a crucial piece in creating this Trail. We would like to acknowledge those who have committed to giving their time, talent or treasure. We value the expertise and resources these organizations provide that will assist us in our efforts and make this project a success! We absolutely welcome more partners along the way.

Stay Connected

We value your input and are interested in identifying many more sites throughout the city. If you have any information, questions or comments, please contact Brad Wolf or Sheila Vemmer at (816) 513-2902 or email at KCHP@kcmo.org. You can also join the Historic Preservation office’s mailing list to receive updates and information by email, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter for occasional updates. #AAHTKC.

This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office.