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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Yuma Street Historic District

Picture of property 931 Yuma and 900 block of Yuma St.
Manhattan (Riley County)
Listed in National Register Jan 3, 2023

Architect: Henry Winter, J.D. Waiters, Smith & Corell
Category: education related
Thematic Nomination: African American Resources in Manhattan, KS

The Yuma Street Historic District is in the southern portion of Manhattan. It includes the Second Baptist Church, United Service Organization, Douglass Park, Douglass School, and Shepard Chapel. The early 1900s where when the Black community in Manhattan was at its most prominent. There was a decent percentage of the population that had significant political power, which slowly waned as the overall population of Manhattan increased. The period of importance begins with the construction of the oldest extant building in 1904 and continues through the Civil Rights movement in Manhattan in 1968. The District is significant for its role in the development of the African American community in Manhattan and is a local representation of the broader history of the fight for equality.

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