Kansas City Historic Sites, Monuments and Memorials

July 17, 2008

African American History and Culture House
5245 Rockhill Road, on the UMKC campus, Kansas City, MO

Bernard Powell Memorial Monument
Spring Valley Park, 28th St and Brooklyn Avenue
Kansas City, MO

Black Archives of Mid-America
2033 Vine Street, Kansas City, MO

Buffalo Soldiers Monument
Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas

Charlie “Bird” Parker Gravesite
Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920; Bird with a healthy assist from Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), deserves the lion’s share of the credit for taking “Swing Jazz” into “Bebop” era; the significance of this genre shift is manifest in the growth of small jazz groups instead of large jazz bands; Bebop, due to its requirement for a higher understanding of harmonics and individual musical skills, set the stage for modern jazz; ahead of his time, Bird was better recognized for his musical genius after his death in New York; fans wrote “Bird Lives” on sidewalks and buildings as a tribute to him; Parker played the tuba in high school and later purchased a saxophone, which he taught himself to play; he is most credited for developing the “Bop” style of Jazz and many of his works became Jazz standards; this world renown jazz saxophonist is buried in Lincoln Cemetery
8604 East Truman Road in Jackson County
Kansas City, KS

Charlie Parker Memorial at 18th and Vine
18th and Vine Historic Jazz District, Kansas City, MO

18th & Vine Streets
Every building in this district is part of the historic fabric of Black Kansas City
ADDRESS: 18th Street at Vine District

Emily Fisher Gravesite
In 1995, a local citizens group raised funds to place a granite marker at the gravesite of Fisher, who is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery; Fisher was a freed slave who, over 100 years ago, operated a successful hotel in Independence and was later credited with inventing a healing slave; the hotel was a noted stopping point for travelers heading West along the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails; information about her life is featured at the National Frontier Trails Center in Independence
Noland Road and Pacific Street

John Brown Statue
Near the hear of Kansas City, Kansas is a statue which pays tribute to the great John Brown, one of the nation’s early day opponents of slavery
John Brown Statue
27th & Sewell Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas

Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park
31st and Benton, Kansas City, M O

Lincoln Building
1601 E 18th St.
Kansas City, MO
Black Economic Union: 816.474.1080

Lucill Bluford Branch Library
Kansas City Public Library
3050 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO

Paseo YMCA
In 1920 in this Colored YMCA, Andrew “Rube” Foster founded Negro National League, which was the first for Negro League Baseball; prior to that founding Negro League teams performing in a barnstorming “unpredictable” business manner; this historic building awaits restoration
1800 Paseo Blvd between 18th and 19th Streets

Penn School Memorial Park
Northwest corner of Westport Rd and 43rd St
Kansas City, MO

Quindaro Ruins
DArchaeological efforts are underway to preserve this Underground Railroad Site in the free state of Kansas, situated off the Missouri River, up a bluff; the site provides a rare window into the 1800s, since the area between the river and the ruins is undeveloped; tours available
27th Street and Sewell Ave

Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium
51st and Swope Parkway
Kansas City, MO

Spirit of Freedom Fountain
Southwest corner of Cleveland Avenue and Brush Creek Blvd.
Kansas City, MO

12th Street Heritage District
An area largely developed by Black barbecue entrepreneur Ollie Gates; in downtown’s shadows, it showcases what many consider the city’s finest example of a primarily privately financed Black business, office, shopping and residential urban corridor
12th Street and Brooklyn

Union Cemetery
227 E 28th Terrace
Kansas City, MO

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