In 1871, Joe Penny purchased land in Saline County, Missouri. Pennytown was the largest African American group of former slaves and freemen in Missouri.
photo ca 1890s. Town founder Joe Penny stands center. Photo courtesy Josephine Lawrence Collection.
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Thomas Hart Benton - Cradling Wheat (1938)
Although he was born in Ohio, he spent much of his life in Missouri.
John W. "Blind" Boone
Although, he was born in Washington, Bob Barker spent most of his childhood growing up near Springfield, Missouri.