Black Archives Museum

3406 Frederick Avenue,PO Box 8096, St. Joseph, MO 64506 - United States




The Black Archives Museum showcases the story of African American life in St. Joseph and Buchanan County as it relates to businesses, churches, education, music, and sports. Exhibits explore such topics as African culture, slavery in Missouri, Colored Soldiers in the Civil War, and the local impact of the national Civil Rights era. The Black Archives Hall of Fame section of the museum honors the contributions and achievements of area African American leaders.


Almost 6,000 glass-plate negatives of the American West make up the Mary Everhard Collection. These holdings include a small group of glass-plate negatives of the 1898 Alaskan gold rush and a group of portraits documenting the African American communities of eastern Kansas between 1875 and World War I. The Black Archives Museum is currently showcasing selected images of African Americans from the collection in a temporary exhibit.

The selected images on display reflect the life and times of African Americans in the Midwest at the turn of the 20th century. Mary Everhard’s foresight in collecting them allows today’s visitors a glimpse into a rarely seen society.

Funding for the exhibition was provided through a grant from the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and private donations.

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