Site 1 - William Leroy Talbott VFW Post # 8773
A group of Black World War II veterans formed the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8773 in 1946 after they struggled to actively participate in Post functions of the local VFW due to discrimination by the white veterans. Although the VFW was not technically segregated, local Black veterans were not treated as equals and given the rights and respect that the VFW stood for. Determined not to be denied access, a brave group of Black veterans contacted the National Headquarters and requested to open their own post.
VFW Post 8773 was chartered on November 26, 1946.
Watch the unveiling ceremony here.
Site 2- Ward Chapel
More information coming soon
Site 3- Rathert Field
The Black History Trail of Geary County welcomed Dave Baker, First Black Head Baseball Coach at Kansas State University ( 1978-1983) and Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Mr. Baker shared his insights with excited visitors and guests.
Site 6 - Second Missionary Baptist Church
More information coming.