Liberty walking tour highlights local African American history

Artist Dan Vanderhoof’s piece “Sing a Song of the Hope the Present Has Brought Us” features children of many races playing, reading and researching together. The mural hangs on the southern exterior wall on Garrison School. The work will be one of many items featured on the walking tour starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13.

LIBERTY —The first guided walking tour of the year for Liberty starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13. The tour meets at the corner of Mississippi and Main streets.

This tour will feature local African American history. Prior to 1865, it was against the law to teach a slave to read or write. For more than a century, Liberty African Americans lived under the law of “separate but equal education.” This tour will take participants into the neighborhood and school of the first African American residents of the city.

This year marks the city's and Historic Liberty, Inc.'s 15th annual Historic Walking Tour Series. These architecture and history tours highlight Liberty's historic features and stories of the past.

Tours are led by a variety of volunteers and local experts and feature a different topic each month. Tours are a favorite among history and architecture buffs across the metropolitan area. All tours begin at 10 a.m. and generally last an hour.

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