Richard Allen Cultural Center of Bethel A.M.E. Church
412 Kiowa Street
The Richard Allen Cultural Center (Museum) opened its doors in 1992 – across the street from the historic Bethel A.M.E. Church which was part of the Underground Railroad.
The center offers a glimpse into the history of African-Americans locally and nationwide. It was created to ensure that the rich heritage of African-Americans and their profound effect on American society would not be lost. The center is dedicated to researching, collecting, preserving and disseminating the history of African-Americans.
Visitors and school children can learn about the accomplishments of African-Americans as well as view memorabilia from General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Buffalo Soldiers, uniforms, freedom papers from former slaves, photographs, items from the Bethel Church, and more.
The museum’s mission and purpose is to educate the public about the rich history of African-Americans and their contributions to every phase of American life. This museum is currently expanding with a completion date of the Fall 2002.
Hours are Monday and Thursday, 1-6 pm; Friday 1 – 5 pm; Saturday, 10am to 1pm, or by appointment, (913) 682-8772, admission charged.
Buffalo Soldier Monument
This magnificent monument was dedicated in 1992 to the memory of the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments comprised of black soldiers. Headquartered in Louisiana and Leavenworth, Kansas, these troopers proved their bravery and valor throughout the Indian Wars. They won the respect of the Cheyenne warriors who named them “Buffalo Soldiers”, a badge of honor accepted and worn with pride by these black cavalry troopers.
The monument project was initiated by General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth. Open daily during daylight hours, no admission charged.
NOTE: A picture ID is required upon entering Fort Leavenworth.
Black Archives of Mid-America
Kansas City, Missouri
The Black Archives of Mid-America is located five minutes from Crown Center and downtown Kansas City, Missouri at 2033 Vine, one block east and three blocks south of I-70 & The Paseo (see map). For visitor information, call (816) 483-1300.
Admission $2.00 for adults. Please call for group reservations.
School and Group Tours http://www.blackarchives.org/
The Black Archives offers guided tours for public and private school groups, grades K-12. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday of each week and must be scheduled in advanced by reservation.
All tours begin at the front entrance, located 2033 Vine. Groups are admitted only at their scheduled arrival times — no exceptions.