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Kansas City’s barbecue king

You may love burnt ends, but you probably haven’t heard of Henry Perry, Kansas City's original "barbecue king." Plus: How Hiram Young, a former slave, opened the first school for Black children in Independence and became one of the wealthiest persons in the county.

Most people know that Kansas City BBQ is a big deal, but not many know who's responsible for its creation. Enter Henry Perry, a Black entrepreneur who helped shape Kansas City BBQ into what it is today. A People's History of Kansas City tells his story.

Want more BBQ? Join "A People's History of Kansas City" host Suzanne Hogan and producer Mackenzie Martin live at the Gem Theater on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at Henry Perry.Get tickets here.

Hiram Young bought freedom for him and his wife, started a thriving business, and eventually built the first school for Black children in Independence. Despite all of his success, Young's story is rarely told. For KCUR's podcast A People's History of Kansas City, Carlos Moreno uncovers truth behind one of the town's richest residents.

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