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Black History Month

Family and Kids Events

Cotton, Rag Dolls, and the Underground Railroad

Kansas City’s connections to the Underground Railroad run deep. Hear stories about the people who helped escaped slaves travel to freedom in the North, and discover the importance rag dolls played in the journey. Then make a rag doll with creative touches that make it all your own.

Platte City Branch
Saturday, February 9
Blue Ridge Branch
Saturday, February 16
Boardwalk Branch
Wednesday, February 20
Midwest Genealogy Center
Saturday, February 23
Claycomo Branch
Thursday, February 28

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Presents: Louis Armstrong

Join Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic for a fantastical look at the life and accomplishments of jazz pioneer and celebrated musician Louis Armstrong.

Liberty Branch
Saturday, February 9
Boardwalk Branch
Saturday, February 9
Blue Ridge Branch
Sunday, February 10

Underground Railroad: The Who, What, and Where Did It Go

Cultural historian Brother John shares the secret codes, symbols, agents, and songs of the Underground Railroad as well as added insight into this chapter in America's history.

Woodneath Library Center
Monday, February 4
Lone Jack Branch
Tuesday, February 12
Smithville Branch
Thursday, April 25

Tuskegee Airmen

Known as the Red Tails, the Tuskegee Airmen were a corps of African American pilots during WWII that served as bomber escorts.

North Independence Branch
Friday, February 1
Raytown Branch
Thursday, February 7
Antioch Branch
Saturday, February 9

Adult Events

George Washington Carver: Path to National Prominence

Discover the fascinating life story of the famed scientist, educator, and humanitarian with a park ranger from George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri, as your guide.

Woodneath Library Center
February 20 | 1:00 p.m.
Red Bridge Branch
February 20 | 7:00 p.m.
North Oak Branch
February 21 | 10:30 a.m.
Midwest Genealogy Center
February 21 | 2:00 p.m.

Born a Slave

His family has been identified as Caucasian for five generations; but after more than 30 years of genealogical research, local historian David W. Jackson discovered his great-great-grandfather was born a slave. 

Blue Springs South Branch
February 9 | 2:00 p.m.
Midwest Genealogy Center
February 26 | 6:30 p.m.
North Independence Branch
February 27 | 7:00 p.m.
Antioch Branch
February 28 | 6:30 p.m.

Exodusters and the Story of Nicodemus

In 1877, a group of former Kentucky slaves established the town of Nicodemus in Logan County, Kansas.

Boardwalk Branch
February 6 | 2:00 p.m.
North Oak Branch
February 7 | 10:00 a.m.

First to Serve

Join Arnold Schofield as he discusses the participation of African American soldiers in the Civil War. Learn more about the Trans-Mississippi Theatre of Operations

Woodneath Library Center
February 12 | 6:30 p.m.
Red Bridge Branch
February 13 | 7:00 p.m.

Online Resources

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