Black History Month posters salute African-American soldiers in the Civil War

A series of educational posters saluting African-Americans who served in the Kansas City region during the Civil War is available for Black History Month in February.

For the fourth year, the free materials are being offered by the Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America and the Local Investment Commission.

The posters highlight area African-American soldiers and units active in the conflict, which began 152 years ago this April.

“It is appropriate for us to highlight the history, both in Kansas and Missouri, of the development of the Civil War and the fight for emancipation,” said Doretha Williams, Black Archives executive director.

To learn more about the posters and how to obtain them and related booklets, go to


. The Local Investment Commission is sending, at no cost, copies of this year’s materials to the public.

Place your order online or call 816-410-8388.

Booklets and posters also will be available at Kansas City Public Library branches while supplies last, as well as at the Black Archives of Mid-America and all 30 branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library.

Separate study guides developed for specific groups, including families and elementary school students, are expected to be posted on the Black Archives website,