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Hattie McDaniel made history as the first Black actor to win an Academy Award, for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.”

Now, visitors passing her childhood home near 9th and Waco in Wichita can read all about her.

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An exhibit that showcases artwork celebrating women of color is on display at The Kansas African American Museum.

The array of creations ranges from oil and acrylic paintings to photography and sculptures. The exhibit, called "Shades of Strength and Beauty," features the work of 16 developing and established artists of color.


Hattie McDaniel is best known as the first African-American to receive an Academy Award. The actress and radio performer has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and her image is on a U.S. postage stamp.

Still, most people aren’t aware that McDaniel was born here, in Wichita. 

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The official launch of the Kansas African-American History Trail will be held in Wichita this week.


The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita (TKAAM) has a new executive director.

Denise Sherman will begin her new role next week.

Sherman most recently served as a director in the professional studies program at Southwestern College in Wichita.

“I am excited to have this opportunity of leadership and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the museum staff and our museum membership and all our supporters to take TKAAM to the highest level possible,” Sherman said in a news release.

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The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita will celebrate the blues this weekend with a new exhibition that showcases the genre's history and legacy.


The executive director of the Kansas African American Museum is leaving.

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The design of Wichita's Dockum Sit-in Memorial was unveiled Saturday at The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazer event.

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A new exhibit featuring local and international black female photographers opens Friday night at The Kansas African American Museum in downtown Wichita.

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A new exhibit opens at The Kansas African American Museum on Friday called "The Fire Next Time: The Legacy of the Kerner Report."

The Kerner Commission Report was released in 1968 after racial violence and rioting in urban areas across the country.

President Lyndon Johnson impaneled a special commission, named after Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner, to see why these riots were happening and how to prevent them from happening again.