10 historic places highlighted

It’s time for nominations for the city’s Most Notable Properties list and this article in the July 5, 2022 Columbia Missourian. The article highlights 10 properties already on the list. So what is the Most Notable Property list? Any property 50 years or older, with in the city’s corporate limits with architectural or historic features…

Emancipation Day & Juneteenth

So when do we celebrate Emancipation Day and Juneteenth? Apparently, that depends — and depended — on where you were! The State Historical Society of Missouri has created an interactive map showing where and when either or both of these events’ origins and history. A news release from SHSMO states that Aug. 4 celebrations of…

Meeting May 7 on preserving Columbia history

Interested in finding ways to preserve Columbia’s history? There will be a meeting to gauge interest in starting some kind of group or brigade of folks interested in Columbia’s history, The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the J.W. “Blind” Boone House. Your interest might be in helping create…

Hidden Black History: Calvary Cemetery

One of the reasons I founded this website is I thought history was being forgotten or overlooked. After nearly a decade, I still find myself being surprised — like when I found this information about Calvary Cemetery, an African American Cemetery established in 1929. It’s another example of how recent institutional racism has existed. A…

Podcast: Black history and the Battles

Did your doctor tell you to get more exercise like mine did? Here’s a 30-minute podcast that will give you time to walk and insight into Missouri’s Black history and even some insider information on two educators well known in Columbia, Eliot Battle and Muriel Battle. Full disclosure: Trevor Harris, who created this podcast, is…

Sharp End explained

Sharp End, Columbia’s Black business and cultural center, was wiped out in the 1960s through urban renewal.