Feb 15, 2008    #007
Contact: Angela Turner

Historic Leeds community celebrated in UMKC lecture and exhibit

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) History Department and the University Libraries will host a lecture and exhibit relating to Kansas City’s historic Leeds neighborhood.

The predominantly African-American Leeds community thrived from 1915 to 1960 despite the challenges of segregation. Gary R. Kremer, Ph.D., executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, will discuss the Leeds neighborhood on Friday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. in Room 303 of the UMKC Miller Nichols Library.

The exhibit was prepared by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Missouri State Museum. It includes panels that highlight the memories of Alvin Brooks, Buck O’Neil and others of living in and visiting the Leeds neighborhood as well as the religious life, education, recreation and entertainment, politics and economy of the area.

The exhibit, which runs through March 1, is on the third floor of the Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st Street.

For more information, contact UMKC history professor Louis Potts at or (816) 235-2873 or contact Elizabeth Henry, UMKC University Libraries assistant director of public services and special collections, at or (816) 235-1530.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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