Local Historian Joelouis Mattox Discusses Kansas City, Race, and the Era of "Watermelon Hill"

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For Immediate Release:
July 5, 2013
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Local Historian Joelouis Mattox Discusses Kansas City, Race, and the Era of "Watermelon Hill"

In the 1950s and '60s, Kansas City was a heavily segregated town.

In fact, African Americans were permitted to have picnics at just one spot in the city's park system: At Shelter No. 5 in Swope Park. It came to be known as "Watermelon Hill."

Local historian Joelouis Mattox discusses this era in Kansas City's racial past on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Parkway.

Admission is free.

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