African American Museums
American Jazz Museum, Kansas City. David Burn/Flickr
Sharing a space with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum is located in the historic 18th and Vine district, a neighborhood as vital to the history of jazz as New Orleans. The museum was founded in 1997, in the midst of a decades-long revitalization project in the neighborhood. Along with artifacts and multimedia collections, the museum is home to over two hundred performances a year, and provides learning resources for the promotion and dissemination of jazz. As one would expect, many of the exhibitions are interactive, allowing visitors to experience and compare the music of different eras. Moreover, a bronze monument honors the legendary Charlie Parker (1920–1955), a native of Kansas City.