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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After years of being boxed up, artifacts from the Black Archives of Mi-America are now on public display. For six years, the collection sat in containers because of the non profit's financial woes. The archives moved to a new location two years ago after worrying that the artifacts may deteriorate.

"We are still in the process of re-housing the existing collection," said executive director Doretha Williams. "So, it really consists of going through and pulling each box, pulling each file, pulling each folder and seeing what condition it is in and during the inventory and seeing what piece of history does this material represent."

The exhibit took sisters Geneva Carple and Irene Marcus down memory lane when they saw a picture of their teacher who saved their older sister from being transferred to another school.

She had two more years in this school and she didn't want to leave," said Geneva Carple. "Professor Cox came out and said you stay here until you graduate. "

Collection librarian Jon Zwillenberg says the exhibit will draw you in, too.

"A given picture of a given description will connect different folks, different patrons to the exhibit," Zeillenberg said.

The Black Archives of Mid-America is free and open to the public on Tues, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Click here to learn more.

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