The Clay County African American Legacy Inc. (CCAAL Inc.) was founded in 2000 during the Kansas City 150th annual "Celebration of the Heart.” The primary focus of the organization is improving the quality of life for its citizens by educating adults, and especially youth, of the cultural diversity that exists in the Northland. CCAAL Inc. purchased Garrison School, established in 1877 to educate black youth of Liberty, from the Liberty School District in 2003. This permanent base of operation allows the organization to present ongoing programming for residents of Clay County and the Greater Kansas City metroplex.
Clay County African American Legacy Inc., in partnership with the City of Liberty, will celebrate Missouri's Bicentennial in 2021 with a memorial honoring more than 700 African Americans buried in the segregated sections of Fairview and New Hope Cemeteries. Persons who were enslaved, domestic staff, day laborers, housewives, infants and children, businessmen, and war veterans are buried on this hollowed ground. In a 6 acre field, these mothers, sons, fathers, and daughters are buried, largely in unmarked graves, and we have made it our mission to acknowledge them in their final resting place. Coming together as a community, we recognize that their contributions to Liberty helped build the town we call home and we invite all to join us in honoring their lives and legacy. Learn more about the Liberty African American Legacy Memorial here.