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The Black Archives Museum showcases the achievements and contributions of St. Joseph, Missouri’s, African American citizens. Exhibits span the Antebellum and Civil War, jazz legends known worldwide, and local individuals whose civic and community leadership have changed our lives. Originally known as the Knea-Von Black Archives, it was founded in 1991 by Jewell Robinson, a former teacher at Bartlett High School in St. Joseph.
Robinson organized young adult clubs where students could learn about Black culture and heritage. When Mr. Robinson became ill, his wife, Geraldine, continued to operate and maintain the Black Archives until 2002 when it became a member museum of the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. The Black Archives Museum features exhibits on such topics as slavery, the Civil War, Desegregation, Education, Sports, and Music. Interactive programming and guided tours available for groups of 10 or more.
Admission: $10; age 62+, $8; students, $7; age 4-6 – $3, 3 and younger, and museum members, free. Admission includes Glore Psychiatric, Native American Galleries, WWI Exhibit and the Doll Museum.