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Photos of Kansas City's Black History

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When historian Delia Gillis began compiling photographs for a book on Kansas City's African American history, she turned to both local and national archives. But she found some of the most compelling images in her friends' family albums--like this one of Marcheita Bush, reprinted with permission from Kansas City, by Delia Gillis.By Sylvia Maria Gross

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Kansas City, MO – When historian Delia Gillis began compiling photographs for a book on Kansas City's African American history, she turned to both local and national archives. But she found some of the most compelling images in her friends' family albums. Kansas City, is part of Arcadia Publishing's Black America Series and includes over 200 images from the 19th century to the mid-twentieth. Dr. Gillis spoke to KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross to share some of the stories behind the pictures.

Delia Gillis is an associate professor of history and coordinator of the Africana studies program at the University of Central Missouri. She'll be discussing her book at the Borders in Lee's Summit on Saturday, February 24 at 2pm.

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