The Sharp End was a black-owned business district in the early 1900s, located on Walnut between Fifth and Sixth Streets. On May 19, Rep. Kip Kendrick, along with more than 200 others, participated in the dedication of the historic district. Rep. Kendrick presented a resolution from the Missouri House of Representative, acknowledging the contributions of Sharp End to Columbia and to the state. A historical marker was unveiled as a permanent reminder of the importance of the Sharp End. Rep. Kendrick’s remarks follow…
Thank you for the opportunity. It is my honor to speak at today’s event.
The historical significance of the Sharp End should remind each of us where Columbia has been and where we need to go in the future. The Sharp End takes us back to a dark chapter in our history: a segregated society. But more importantly, it also shows us the resilience of the black community and the strong entrepreneurial spirit that was vital to the success of business owners throughout the Sharp End district.
As we dedicate this monument and remember this important time in history, may we share a renewed sense of pride and ownership in our future. And, collectively, may we all work together to promote a resurgence of entrepreneurship across our entire community.
Thanks to everyone who has worked tirelessly to make this event a reality. Let’s get to work.
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