I would like to thank the community for its feedback — both positive and negative — about the Rose M. Nolen Black History Library and the Slave Cabin. The purpose of the library and cabin is to encourage residents to engage in dialogue that will break down the historical wall between the north and south sides of the tracks in Sedalia. To that end, the Sedalia Democrat article last week was a rounding success! We are finally talking.
I appreciate that the community recognizes my passion to create a place where those conversations can take place even as they might disagree with the displays depicting painful memories in history. It is impossible for me to comprehend the depths of the injustice and pain that African-Americans in our country have experienced, I feel determined to do what I can to assure that future generations of all races never forget those atrocities and how they impact lives today.
The cabin on the grounds of the library, when placed in its proper historical context, will help articulate the African-American experience. A similar cabin has sat at the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Missouri, for years and has been an educational asset there. That cabin is on display to the public, and so is the cabin at the Nolen Library.
I invite everyone to visit the Rose M. Nolen Library, 109 Lima Alley (just off Ohio Street). It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other times by appointment. Phone 660-851-0077. Our Facebook page is Rose M. Nolen Black History Library and our website is www.rosenolenblackhistorylibrary.org.