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Famous Kansans Trading Cards - Category

Find a category that interests you and then learn more about a Famous Kansan through the Trading Card. For even more information check out the person on Kansapedia.

African Americans:

American Indians:




  • Louise Brooks - silent movie star and dancer
  • Dennis Hopper - appeared in more than 150 films and received several Academy Award nominations
  • Gordon Jump - portrayed Arthur Carlson in television's WKRP in Cincinnati
  • Buster Keaton - made more than 100 films, known for
  • Emmett Kelly - portrayed Weary Willie, a sad white-faced clown
  • Hattie McDaniel - received Academy Award for Gone with the Wind
  • ZaSu Pitts - made more than 100 films, costarred in television's My Little Margie and Gale Storm Show
  • Charles Rogers - starred in Academy Award winning Wings
  • Milburn Stone - received Emmy Award for playing Doc on television's Gunsmoke
  • Vivian Vance - played sidekick in television's I Love Lucy




Civil Rights:

  • McKinley Burnett - led fight against segregated schools in Kansas
  • Oliver Brown - Plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • Chester Lewis - helped desegregate restaurants, swimming pools, businesses, and government agencies
  • Clarina Nichols - advocate for women's rights and abolition of slavery
  • Corinthian Nutter - protested school segregation
  • Lucinda Todd - Plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka; teacher
  • Mary White - campaigned for racial equality at her high school



Inventors and Innovators:

Medical field:



  • Teresa Cuevas - formed Mariachi Estrella, an all-female mariachi band
  • Coleman Hawkins - known as the father of the saxophone
  • Eva Jessye - choral trainer for Porgy and Bess; led Eva Jessye Choir on tour of Europe
  • Stan Kenton - jazz pianist; developed wall of sound jazz style
  • Charlie Parker - influential jazz musician


Politics and Government:



* One of the 25 Notable Kansans selected by Governor Brownback's Blue Ribbon Panel for Kansas History in 2011.