She was the first African American to ever win an Oscar. The year was 1940. The movie? Gone with the Wind. Her name was Hattie McDaniel and a lot of people don’t realize that she was from Kansas.
A new exhibit at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in Kansas City profiles the work of the actress who never received her full due. Nick Haines got a tour of the exhibit from the center’s new Executive Director, Jessie Barnes.