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Kansas City’s black archives fights for life

Kansas City’s black archives fights for life
Uncertainty clouds future of trove of artifacts on black Midwesterners’ lives

By Michael E. Ross
Updated: 7:19 a.m. ET Oct 11, 2006

One of the more comprehensive collections of African-American historical artifacts in the Midwest has escaped being forever locked behind the closed doors of a defunct firehouse, but it still faces an uncertain future, the victim of governmental bureaucracy, a lack of money, tax problems and administrative missteps.

Supporters of the Black Archives of Mid-America Inc., in Kansas City, Mo., have vowed to put it on an even footing, and a new home is being built for the collection. But state officials and some of the archives’ most ardent backers say money is still a problem.

The archives' troubles mirror the struggles for survival at other African American museums, including the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, Ky.

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