Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us
Columbia's Black Leaders and Heroes!
Columbia Public Schools Educators
Eliot (1924-2013) and Muriel Battle (1930-2003) Educators, Civil Rights Leaders, Community Volunteers
Beulah Ralph (1927 - 2010) Educator, Community Leader, Mentor
Leaders and Heroes
John "Blind" W. Boone (1864-1927) Pianist, Composer, Entertainer
Almeta Crayton (1959 - 2013) Communtiy Activist, Councilwoman
Annie Fisher (1867-1938) Caterer, Business Owner
Henry Kirklin (1958 - 1938) Horticulturist, Educator, Entrepreneur
Clara Miles (1917 - 2004) Community Activist
James Whitt (1946 - 2021) Community Leader
Columbia's Black Historical Landmarks
Sharp End: The pre-1960 African American owned business district in Columbia.
- Reflections on Sharp End in Columbia, Missouri (YouTube - City Channel, Columbia, MO)
Columbia African-American Heritage Trail
- African-American Heritage Trail (City of Columbia, MO)
Blind Boone Home
Frederick Douglass High School: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 for it's significance to Black History and Culture. (Reference number 80002310) (Columbia Public Schools)
Second Missionary Baptist Church: Built in 1894, this historically Black church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.