“Mapping Missouri’s Black Towns and Settlements” Lecture Series

4/4/2023 to 4/6/2023

Missouri State Parks, in partnership with Lincoln University and the Missouri History Museum, is hosting a multicity tour featuring Dr. Atyia Martin, founder of Next Leadership Development, and Cymone Davis, founder of Black Towns Municipal Management. Dr. Martin and Ms. Davis will be showcasing their Black Towns and Settlements project, the first-ever online interactive map of communities incorporated or settled by Black Americans.

Come join us as Martin and Davis take us on a journey through historic Black towns and settlements in Missouri, exploring the origin story and vision of the mapping project, the counternarratives, and ways to sustain and grow this effort.

The lecture series will take place at the following locations:

Each evening will begin with an opportunity to network and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. Many thanks to the Missouri Parks Association for sponsoring the hors d'oeuvres at the Kansas City event. An ASL interpreter will be present at every lecture.

For more information about the events or to request special accommodations, contact the Missouri State Parks Outreach and Engagement Office at 314-340-5794.

Click here to read the news release.

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs