R.T. Coles Historical Marker Fund

R.T. Coles Jr. High And Vocational School once occupied the northeast corner of 19th&Tracy in Kansas City, MO. The school was established at this location in 1906 as  Lincoln High School. In 1936 a new Lincoln High School was constructed at 22nd&Woodland.   The older building was renamed, R.T. Coles, The building was sold in 1961 and demolished in 1965. There is nothing to indicate that this institution ever existed that can be readily identified by the general public. This school served the educational and vocational needs of the black community for many years. To do away with such an important structure without an onsite marker is unforgivable. We hope this can be corrected.
It is the mission of the combined classes of Lincoln/R.T. Coles Alumni, class of 1954, that we make every effort to have a marker placed at the site, telling the awsome story of this long forgotten educational institution. 
In 1933 the school was named in honor of Mr. Richard T. Coles a teacher and principal. He came to Kansas City in 1880 and taught in the first public school for black students. He was the first principal to introduce industrial training programs in an elementary school. This is just a taste of the rich history of Mr. Coles.
Won't you please help us achieve this goal of having a marker placed at the location, by donating to this cause. We are a not-for-profit- orginazation(501-c3). Those who wish to donate by check, please mail to: R.T. Coles Historical Memorial Marker Fund, P.O. Box 140592, Kansas City, MO. 64114-8592. You will receive verification of your donation. Thank you for your support.

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  • Lola J. Carney 
    • $25 (Offline)
    • 30 mos
  • Evretyt Gardner 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 32 mos
  • James&Yolanda Straws 
    • $25 (Offline)
    • 33 mos
  • Robert&Dorothea Hunter 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 33 mos
  • Michael Byrd 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 33 mos
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Organizer

Ronald Walton 
Organizer
Kansas City, MO
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