Local Author and NAACP Team Up to Spread Osage County’s History of Slavery | Central Missouri News

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri NAACP is partnering with Lincoln University and local churches to honor and commemorate slaves in Osage County on Monday.

This sighting came when Osage County native Julie Allen posted A History of Osage County Slaves, a book that contains public records and available history of the buying, holding and selling of slaves before and after the Civil War a few months ago.

“Through this act of remembrance, we are encouraged to live in a way that helps prevent injustice and inequality from happening in our time,” said Trevor Dancer, pastor of First United Methodist of Jefferson City, in a statement.

The actual event will take place at First United Methodist and will include prayers, chanting, a panel discussion, and there will also be a part of the program where the names of enslaved people will be read aloud for the first time. in front of a spectator.

“The discussion that we’re going to have tomorrow night is going to be instrumental in making sure that we as a community, that the families that are here and the people that are even moving into the state, the people that want to stay in Missouri, have a better perspective,” Allen said.

Allen has already donated the books to the Secretary of State’s Library, the Osage County Library, and the City of Jefferson Library. His next target: schools.

“It’s a good opportunity, I think, for the school district to have a book that’s really, really factual, that pulls the records, and tells that untold story,” Allen said. “Really, it’s kind of a lost history of Osage County, and it’s relevant to our schools, you know, our kids should be learning these things.”

This reasoning is why the Missouri NAACP purchased several copies of the book to donate not only to churches, but also to high schools in Jefferson City.

“The idea that we can’t teach a piece of history in a public school or any school is devastating to the academic process and ultimately to humanity,” said Nimrod T. Chapel, president of the Missouri NAACP. “We must be able to tell the truth, if without truth there is no justice.”

Chapel says teaching black history in Missouri schools has been a hot topic in recent months.

“One of the reasons this is so important today is that we hear about critical race theory, you know, it’s all over the media,” Chapel said. “The last session, I can’t tell you how many hearings we went to, and how many phone calls, how many advocates, organizers, citizens and parents came to Jefferson City, saying, ‘ all we want to hear is the truth’.’”

Allen says she knows this discussion is not without criticism.

“It’s not to make anyone feel bad,” she said. “You know, I think sometimes people think, ‘well, you’re talking about this to make somebody feel bad or to sow division.’ It has nothing to do with it. It’s just to tell the real story of what happened in our state and in our county and in neighboring counties.

Allen says that regardless of the turnout tomorrow, she feels she is taking the right first step to educating her community on a subject that is long overdue.

“It gave me a base to really start thinking and challenging myself,” Allen said.

The recognition event will take place at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist on Monday.