On Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host local historian and author Sonny Gibson who will be interviewed by Dr. Debra Sheffer about his book research on 1865 Kansas City Negro History. A free light reception will precede the event at 6 p.m.
Author Sonny Gibson has spent more than 25 years scouring libraries, archives, flea markets and old book stores to amass a collection of history related to the African American experience in Kansas City. His efforts resulted in a book titled 1865 Kansas City Negro History that includes a treasure trove of photographs, handbills, advertisements, newspaper clippings, announcements, and other assorted memorabilia dating to the 1860s. 1865 Kansas City Negro History details the life and culture of Kansas City’s African Americans; and for one night only, Dr. Debra Sheffer, history professor at Park University, will interview Gibson and discuss his decades of research and what he found over the past three decades. Presented in partnership with the Park University Alumni Association.
To make a reservation for this free event email kansascity.educate@nara.gov or call 816-268-8000. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.