Community Cornerstones: Springfield’s Black Educators

Community Cornerstones: Springfield’s Black Educators showcases the rich history of Black American education in Springfield through the lens of the educators who

were the cornerstones of the Black community before desegregation.

Experience the enlightening story of Springfield’s Black educational history and its connection to a national conversation.

Image: William Harrison “W.H.” McAdams, the first Principal of Old Lincoln School, stands with a Lincoln School graduating class, ca. 1900.

Exhibit Sponsor:

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Exhibit Partners:

M&G History Keepers, Missouri State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives,

Springfield Greene County Library, Local History and Genealogy, Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Timmons Hall