Daniel Arthur Holmes

Daniel Arthur Holmes
Holmes (Photo Credit: The Kansas City Star/Times)

1876 – 1972 

Holmes was the pastor at Paseo Baptist Church for 46 years and used his role in the community to advocate for better conditions for local African Americans. 

Holmes’s parents were former slaves, but he was able to earn degrees from three colleges and become one of the most respected leaders in Kansas City. 

Holmes worked to integrate the University of Missouri-Columbia and won the battle to build a new Lincoln High School at 21st Street and Woodland Avenue.