Explore St. Joseph’s black history, including the Underground Railroad and desegregation.


Mon-Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 1 – 5 pm

Contact Information

3406 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: 800-530-8866

Location Type

Interpretive Signs

Site Info

Bus / RV Parking
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Black Archives Museum features exhibits on such topics as the Underground Railroad, the Middle Passage, Desegregation, Education, Sports, and other aspects of African-American history in St. Joseph.

The Black Archives features a hall of Fame, created to showcase the achievements and contributions of St. Joseph’s African-American citizens. The Black Archives Museum also includes an exhibit on St. Joseph’s best known musician, the “Father of the Tenor Sax,” Coleman Randolph Hawkins. Coleman Hawkins was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on November 21, 1904.

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