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Fern Gayden

This is a photograph of Fern Gayden possibly taken in Dunlap, Kansas. Fern Gayden was born September 29, 1904, in Dunlap, Kansas, where she attended elementary and secondary schools. She went on to attend Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia and taught school for one year. Fern Gayden moved to Chicago at the age of 23. She had a 50-year career as a social worker but became best known as a literary, fine arts, and political activist. A founding member of the South Side Writers Group in the 1930s, Fern Gayden's long and diverse career included leadership roles in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the South Side Community Art Center. During World War II, she co-published Negro Story magazine with Alice Browning.

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Kansas City Monarchs

This black and white photograph shows members of the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team. The franchise was organized in 1920 and located in Kansas City, Missouri. It became the longest running Negro League team in the United States before disbanding in 1965.

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William L. Sayers in Hill City, Kansas

These two photographs show William L. Sayers, an attorney, in his office in Hill City, Kansas. Sayers was born around 1872 in Nebraska and moved to Hill City, Kansas, with his family in 1888. There at the age of 15 he earned a teaching certificate, however, he had to wait until he turned 16 to teach. After teaching school for several years, he became clerk of the court for Graham County. Sayers used his spare time to read law books. In 1893, he was admitted to the bar and took classes at the University of Kansas. Although he never graduated from law school, he was elected county attorney for Graham county in 1900, 1912, and 1914. His younger brother John followed him in this position in 1918. He was the second African American to be elected Graham County Attorney; the first was G. W. Jones who was elected in 1896. The Sayers brothers practiced law in Graham County for their entire careers.

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Kansas City Monarchs

This black and white photograph shows Kansas Monarchs' trainer James Floyd, commonly know as Jew Baby Floyd, wearing the baseball team's uniform.

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Wayne Hightower

This black and white photograph shows Wayne Hightower #55 rebounding during the KU vs. K-State basketball game in Lawrence, Kansas. Hightower was a center for the University of Kansas men's basketball team from ,1960-1961, before being drafted in 1962 into the NBA. He played for a number of professional basketball teams including the San Francisco Warriors, Detroit Pistons and Denver Rockets before retiring in 1972. On April 18, 2002, Wayne Hightower passed away at the age of sixty-two in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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John W. Clark

Photograph of John W. Clark who was a 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 23rd Kansas Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War. He served for four years in Cuba. Clark graduated in 1897 from Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas, School of Law and was the first African-American to do so. Judge Clark also served as a justice of the peace. He died in 1930.

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Allen Williams

A tintype showing Allen Williams who lived and farmed near Auburn, Shawnee County, Kansas. He appears in the 1865 Kansas State census, age 20, born about 1841 (other censuses lists his birth year as 1838), and he was born in Tennessee. Between 1875 and 1880 Allen Williams married Armilda C. Benning. According to the national and state censuses, Allen and Armilda lived most of their lives in Auburn, Kansas.

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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers--Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Erb, Don

This black and white photograph shows actress and comedian Lucille Ball and her husband actor and musician Desi Arnaz talking to a porter from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company. The couple were promoting their movie "Forever Darling" with a cross country tour, by way of the Santa Fe's Super Chief, to major U.S. cities.

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Xavia Hightower Howard

A photograph of Xavia Hightower Howard who was born in 1916 and lived in Wichita, Kansas. Her mother Victoria Murdoch-Hightower owned and operated Citizens Funeral Home. In 1941, Xavia graduated from Williams Institute of Mortuary Science, Kansas City, Kansas. After her mother's death in 1942, Xavia became the proprietor of Citizens Funeral Home. She was the first female African-American licensed funeral director and embalmer in Kansas. Xavia was active in the community serving on many committees and boards. She retired from the funeral business in 1998.

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Xavia Hightower Howard

A photograph of Xavia Hightower Howard possibly taken when she graduated from Williams Institute of Mortuary Science, Kansas City, Kansas. Her mother Victoria Murdoch-Hightower owned and operated Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas. After her mother's death in 1942, Xavia became the proprietor. She was the first female African-American licensed funeral director and embalmer in Kansas. Xavia was active in the community serving on many committees and boards. She retired from the funeral business in 1998.

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