The mission of The Kansas African American Museum is to tell the stories of the African American experience in Kansas in order to educate about the past and inspire a hope for the future.
The vision of The Kansas African American Museum is We We will be the premiere place where the community comes to learn about or tell the Kansas African American story.
In 1917, Old Calvary Baptist Church was built in the heart of the African American community in Wichita, Kansas. In 1972, when the congregation moved to a new building, Doris Kerr Larkins made a stand and decided to save the church, along with her sisters and the community. In 1974, the stand formulated the First National Black Historical Society and in 1993, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, thus becoming a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. The Society changed its name to The Kansas African American Museum, Inc. in 1999.
The Arts Collections cover a wide area from sculputures to paintings and photography. We have on display a collection of African masks and statues, a caribbean display of paintings and sculputes along with various statues displayed around the museum. The museum has a collection of 29 photographs by Gordon Parks. The Jazz and Blues Musicians display features African Americans who played a part in the rich history of Wichita's music scene. Our archive department is also a large resource for display items and research history.