The 18th and Vine historic district was the center for black culture and life in Kansas City from the late 1800's to 1960. Just steps away from the district was the Paseo YMCA which was built as a black YMCA in 1914. It served as a home for baseball players, railroad worker and others in the area. The Negro National League was founded in 1920. By the 1980's the area had become a neglected urban area, but was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. This permanent home for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum opened in November 1997.
The American Jazz Museum preserves the history of American Jazz. The museum features exhibits on Charles Parker, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others. An upcoming exhibit of Ella Fitzgerald is one I plan to attend.