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Liberty in Clay County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Clay County African American Pioneers

 
 
Clay County African American Pioneers Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2013
1. Clay County African American Pioneers Marker (front)
Inscription.
[Front]

"Come, drink, all who thirst for freedom: The water fountain will no longer separate us as a people."


During the Civil War era, one of every four Clay County residents was of African descent. Although sold in slave auctions and denied inalienable rights, these stalwart men and women helped build homes, churches, roads, schools, and businesses. Along with the planters and farmers, African Americans helped produce the cash crops of grain, hemp, and tobacco that were the foundation of early Clay County wealth.

This monument commemorates African American contributions to Clay County first in slavery and later in freedom. We honor these men and women who rose to become distinguished residents, politicians, educators, and business and civic leaders. We proudly recognize them for their work in the development of the Northland into the pinnacle of success it holds in the Greater Kansas City Metroplex.
Pioneers listed on back of monument

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Clay County 19th-20th Century
African-American Pioneers

[Listed by occupation and location]
Distinguished Clay County Residents
19th Century 20th Century
Churches Schools

 
Erected by Clay County African American Legacy Consortium
Clay County African American Pioneers Marker (back) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2013
2. Clay County African American Pioneers Marker (back)
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Location. 39° 14.8′ N, 94° 25.179′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Missouri, in Clay County. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Street and Water Street, on the left when traveling west on Franklin Street. Click for map. Marker is on the northwest grounds of the county courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 East Kansas Street, Liberty MO 64068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberty (a few steps from this marker); Clay County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Daylight Bank Hold Up in United States (within shouting distance of this marker); Jesse James Bank Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Lodge No. 49 I.O.O.F. (within shouting distance of this marker); 16 North Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay County Historical Museum (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Liberty.
 
Also see . . .  Clay County (MO) African American Legacy. (Submitted on August 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Clay County African American Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2013
3. Clay County African American Pioneers Marker
County courthouse in background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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