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.

Sept. 14 Zoom webinar on Negro Leagues

This 7 p.m. Sept. event is free but registration is required. Here’s where you can register. https://shsmo.org/events/2021/african-american-experience-kendrick President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick will discuss the Negro Leagues, where Black baseball players were restricted to playing until 1947 when Jackie Robinson was signed to play the major leagues. Learn more here: https://www.loc.gov/collections/jackie-robinson-baseball/articles-and-essays/baseball-the-color-line-and-jackie-robinson/1940-to-1946/…