Joelouis Mattox was an engaging, kind, interesting local historian who always endeavored to share stories about the community, particularly the African-American experience.
Most recently, Mattox shared stories of African-American soldiers who served during World War I.
Mattox was also a great friend of the Jackson County Historical Society and a regular contributor to our JCHS Journal.
We share here stories Mattox wrote for the Journal telling about neighbors, achievement and his own journey.
A Day Trip Celebrating Kansas City's Leeds Neighborhood (Autumn 2003)
Taking Steps to Record Steptoe, Westport's Vanishing African American Neighborhood (Autumn 2004 and Spring/Autumn 2008)
Harry Truman's Hat Tip at 'The Top Hat' Changed My Life (Autumn 2005)
Mattox regularly gave public programs at area libraries, public radio and was often seen recreating the storied tale of the African-American Buffalo Soldiers. He also was a long serving member of the City of Kansas City's Landmark Commission.
Funeral services are March 30th.