See & Do

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The Black Archives Museum

The Black Archives Museum features exhibits on such topics as the Underground Railroad, the Middle Passage, Desegregation, Education, Sports, and other aspects of African-American history in St. Joseph.

The Black Archives features a hall of Fame, created to showcase the achievements and contributions of St. Joseph’s African-American citizens. The Black Archives Museum also includes an exhibit on St. Joseph’s best known musician, the “Father of the Tenor Sax,” Coleman Randolph Hawkins. Coleman Hawkins was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on November 21, 1904.

The Black Archives Museum is located one mile west of I-29, on Frederick Blvd. (exit 47).


Museum hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday. The museum is closed on major holidays.


There is one admission price for the museums located on Frederick: Adults $5.00, seniors (60 & above) $4.00, students (ages 7-18) $3.00, children (under 6) free, group rate (20 or more) $4.50.

Museum members always receive free admission at all sites. The museum provides guided tours of any or all of our museums and group rates are available. To schedule a group tour for adults or students, please call.

The Details

3406 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: 816-232-8471