We will celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial in 2021 with a memorial honoring more than 700 African Americans buried in the segregated sections of Fairview and New Hope Cemeteries. Persons who were enslaved, domestic staff, day laborers, housewives, infants and children, businessmen, war veterans, and more are buried on this hallowed ground. In a 6 acre field, these mothers, sons, fathers, and daughters are buried, largely in unmarked graves. We have made it our mission to acknowledge them in their final resting place. Coming together as a community, we recognize that their contributions to Liberty helped build the town we call home and we invite all to join us in honoring their lives and legacy.
After Missouri statehood in 1821, Clay County was formed in 1822 with Liberty as the county seat. In that first settlement there were enslaved persons. This memorial will honor the known persons with inscribed names and also unknown persons — who are buried in what was the segregated portion of Fairview/New Hope cemetery. Permanent story panels will enrich the experience. We plan to have a commissioned art piece in the plaza center. We will have a paved walkway from the road to the center plaza area. The project dedication (August 2021 is the goal) will be a permanent gift to our City.
When you visit Kearney Historic Museum between March 1 and August 31, 2021, you will journey back to when Missouri was celebrating her 100th birthday and Kearney was in her sixties. There will be a variety of displays depicting daily life in the early 1920’s in Kearney and the surrounding area. Clothing to cooking, money to music, even hats to hooch! Big changes were in the air, there were horse drawn wagons and automobiles sharing the dirt streets here in Kearney at that time. This event will give visitors a good overview of rural Missouri at her Centennial Celebration. It will help them understand and visualize the changes that were happening in the early 1920’s—not just in Kearney, but also the surrounding area. This celebration of Missouri’s Centennial is free to the public. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and by appointment. The Kearney Historic Museum is located at 101 South Jefferson in downtown Kearney by the water fountain. Handicapped accessible rear entrance and restroom. Call 816-903-1856 for more information.
The Alexander Doniphan Community History Project seeks to create an anthology of essays that chronicle the life, times, and influence of Alexander William Doniphan (1808-1887). Contributors of any age were welcome to participate by submitting original written work on important aspects of Doniphan’s life, social histories that depict life in the time of Alexander Doniphan, and essays that illustrate Doniphan’s influence today and his lasting significance. The project is now at the editorial stage. The project is community-based and volunteer lead, with help from Mid-Continent Public Library and Woodneath Press.
If successful, this pilot project will serve as a model for a way for people to celebrate and commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial driven by community-sourced submissions.
The Historic Mt. Gilead School is a one room school house built in the 1870s. Join the Historic Mt. Gilead School for field trips and tours in 2021 that will teach adults and school groups about the history of Missouri during the time it was admitted into the union. The program is open to the public, suitable for all ages, and can be scheduled throughout the 2021 calendar year.