1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 28, 2021 3:32 PM by Charles Miller

    Seeking information about small African American communities in the area

    Tim Pryor Newbie

      Black workers were brought into the Coal Fields of Cherokee and Crawford County, Kansas strike breakers (as coal miners) as early as 1893.  There were small Black communities in the area until the early1920s.  There is little physical evidence of a Black community in my hometown, Scammon, KS.  However, my grandmother pointed me to the location of a Black "stockade" just west of the railroad tracks not far from her home.  There was also a school there at one time, known as The Lincoln School, in that location.  There is some newspaper coverage of racial unrest associated with the Coal Strike of 1922.  My father told me once that he has witnessed a lynching when he was 7 years old... he was 7 in 1922.