Kansas City, Kansas

Douglass School

Charlie attended Douglass School down the street from his mother's apartment starting in 1925. Two years later, Charlie - then in 2nd grade - moved with his reconciled parents across the state line to Kansas City, Missouri.

Charlie Parker in Kansas City, Kansas

Charlie Parker grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, a community divided against itself by the Missouri/Kansas state line. The two Kansas Cities were worlds apart. While Kansas City, Missouri, famously cultivated graft and corruption in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Kansas City, Kansas, led the temperance movement. Charlie Parker lived in both worlds; he was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and came of age as a man and musician in Kansas City, Missouri.