Clay County African American Legacy Inc, in partnership with William Jewell College and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, 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 hallowed 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.
We hope it will be a place for all to come, reflect, and pay respect to the African American souls who have been laid to rest here. Please join us in building this memorial so future generations will know the impact these African Americans have made on building our community. Learn more about the Liberty African American Legacy Memorial here.
To make a monetary donation, click the Donate button on this page. If you prefer to donate towards a specific item or phase of the memorial, are interested in joining us as partner, or would like to discuss donating material and/or labor, please use the Contact Us button on this page or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the individual donations raised on GoFundMe, the Liberty African American Legacy Memorial has been endorsed by and received grants from the following:
Honored with a $2500 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages.
Endorsed as a Missouri Bicentennial project by Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.
Honored with a $3500 grant by Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.
Honored with the Major Arts Grant of $5000 by the Liberty Arts Commission for the Sankofa sculpture.
Honored with a $4500 grant from the Hallmark Charitable Affairs Committee.
Honored with a $5000 grant from the Daniel G and Wanda K O’dell Family Foundation.
Honored with a $15,000 grant from the UAW Local 249.
We are grateful for their support as awareness of the memorial grows on a statewide level. We are also appreciative of our partners who are dedicated to helping us bring this project to life and spread the word to our communities:
Design and renderings by Steve Rhoades and Vireo. The renderings on this page and throughout the site may differ from the final design and placement of the memorial. We will update this page and the site with more accurate renderings as they become available.