Kansas African American Museum - Wichita, Kansas
The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita, Kansas occupies a handsome building which was the home of Calvary Baptist Church from 1917 to 1972. When Calvary Baptist Church moved to a different building in 1972, the community formed the First National Black Historical Society in 1973 to preserve this part of Wichita's Black heritage. Thanks to their work, the building was placed on the the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and in 1997, became the Kansas African American Museum.
Much as I loved the building, the exhibits were quite limited, with a few permanent exhibits and a large temporary exhibit about "Women in Church Hats." The most interesting permanent exhibit had African artifacts. I enjoyed looking through a Gordon Parks' photo book in the library, but viewing the exhibits themselves took a little over 10 minutes.
I recommend scheduling your visit to the Kansas African American Museum when there is a special exhibit which interests you.
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