Richard Allen Cultural Center, Leavenworth

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Richard Allen Cultural Center opened in 1992 to highlight African-American history in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1992, the museum opened in the former home of U.S. Army Captain William Bly, a Buffalo Soldier during World War I. The home is decorated to look as it would have in the early 1900s. In 2002, an addition was built to the front of the original home to display more items teaching about African-American history in Kansas. One display includes prints of original photographic plate negatives donated to the museum, called the Black Dignity Photos from the Mary Everhard collection. The photographs are African-American pioneers who lived in and around the Leavenworth area from 1870s to 1920s. Other items include military artifacts from African-American soldiers who served on Fort Leavenworth, including Colin Powell. The Richard Allen Cultural Center also contains a Ku Klux Klan costume and photographs depicting KKK activities in Leavenworth. One artifact is a news article discussing the public lynching of an African-American citizen of Leavenworth, Fred Alexander. The Richard Allen Cultural Center seeks to preserve these pieces of Leavenworth, Kansas history so that they are not forgotten.

In 2016 a bronze bust of Cathay Williams, featuring information about her and with a small rose garden around it, was unveiled outside the Richard Allen Cultural Center.
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  • A must see collection of Black history in Kansas to include the legendary 9th and 10th Cavary of Buffalo Soldiers. They will take the time to walk you through each artifact with the detailed orgins.....  more »
  • Wonderful small place! The collection of items relative of black people history is very well chosen. Every item show important aspects of black people history in USA. The gentleman that received and....  more »
  • This place is truly an awesome testament to Black History. It also provides great tutoring and education for children and adults. Check it out.
  • Great experience. Exhibits are authentic and the museum reflects a historical and contemporary theme.

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