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Territorial Kansas

Territorial Kansas Online

From the Kansas State Historical Society

This virtual repository presents the best Territorial Kansas materials from the Kansas State Historical Society and the Kansas Collection, University of Kansas.  Visitors to the site will discover government documents, diaries, letters, photographs, maps, newspapers, rare secondary sources, and historical artifacts.  All of these items have the power to carry the past into the present and provide a tangible connection to people who experienced "Bleeding Kansas."

Territorial Kansas Online also provides lesson plans developed to enhance the teaching of U.S. history at the middle school, high school, and college levels.  These curriculum materials fulfill portions of the Kansas Department of Education's standards for U. S. and Kansas history and include educational objectives that are applicable in any U.S. history class.

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From:  A History of Black Education in Kansas City, Kansas, Readin', 'Riting, 'Rithmetic by William W. Boone, March 1986 (Copy located in the KCKs Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave, KCKs, 913-551-3280).  The school district is sincerely grateful to Mr. William W. Boone, Ms. Josephine C. Vandiver, and Mr. Jackson C. Van Trece for their research and preparation of this material.  

"The elementary schools, with grades one through six which were attended totally by Black students, were considered to be the "feeder" schools for Northeast Junior High School.  In addition to those feeder schools, Black families from White Church, Edwardsville and Shawnee Mission, Kansas had to send their children to Northeast Junior High School.  The school became greatly over-crowded.  The fourth floor hallway was closed off and converted into a science and mathematics classroom.  Sections of the auditorium were used for classrooms.  During the 1950's, the enrollment doubled from the original enrollment."

"(Lewis School) Since the elementary schools for Black children were scattered throughout the Kansas City, Kansas school district, the Board of Education was faced with the problem of getting those children who had completed the upper elementary grades, to the only junior high for Black children.  This junior high school was located in the extreme northeast part of the city.  A contract was awarded to a Black business man, Mr. W. R. McCallop, to transport children by bus to the Northeast Junior High School.  Mr. McCallop had a fleet of small yellow buses that transported Black children from all parts of the city.  This fleet of school buses could be seen as far south as Shawnee Mission, Kansas.  Mr. McCallop was one of the few Black persons who lived in the Shawnee Mission district.  His children had to attend Northeast Junior High School , since Shawnee Mission made no effort to educate Black children in the 1920's and 1930's.  The McCallop buses could be seen in the west bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri, the east bottoms of Kansas City, Kansas and they traveled as far west as Edwardsville, Kansas.  As mentioned previously, busing is nothing new to the Kansas City, Kansas school system."

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History Site created on December 02, 2002
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