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Curator Conversation: Lafayette A. Tillman

Sunday, May 19, 2024
Curator Conversation: Lafayette A. Tillman
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
$5 per person
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Join Special Guest Glenn North, the Museum’s Director of Inclusive Learning and Creative Impact for a guided conversation discussing L. A. Tillman.

Lafayette Alonso Tillman was born in 1853 in Evansville, IN. An outstanding student, he earned an academic scholarship to Oberlin College in Ohio, where he majored in music. Recognized as an outstanding singer, he later toured with several singing groups, including the New Orleans University Singers. He eventually moved to Kansas City, where he owned a barber shop, before and after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War. He was a local community leader, the second Black policeman in KCMO, and active in Democratic politics and the Allen Chapel AME Church.

Photographic Portrait
Lafayette Alonso Tillman