Black Archives to open Saturday in Kansas City

Friday, June 15, 2012 | 9:45 a.m. CDT; updated 2:18 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 15, 2012

KANSAS CITY — Six years after it closed and artifacts were hidden away in storage, the Black Archives of Mid-America will reopen Saturday in Kansas City.

The archives include thousands of artifacts, manuscripts and photos showing the history of blacks in the Kansas City region.

The Black Archives will be open to the public at its new home in Kansas City's 18th and Vine district.

The Kansas City Star reported that financial problems caused the Black Archives to close in 2006. The collection was left inside the organization's former headquarters.

The collection was started by the late Horace Peterson, who drowned in 1992. It includes traditional archival photographs and historic documents but also antique comic books, period baseball apparel and a former slave cabin.

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