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First Black Oscar Winner Hattie McDaniel Lacks Recognition In Her Hometown Of Wichita | KMUW Wichita 89.1

First Black Oscar Winner Hattie McDaniel Lacks Recognition In Her Hometown Of Wichita | KMUW Wichita 89.1

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Hattie McDaniel is best known as the first African-American to receive an Academy Award. The actress and radio performer has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and her image is on a U.S. postage stamp.

Still, most people aren’t aware that McDaniel was born here, in Wichita.

Her birthplace and childhood home, at 925 N. Wichita, is a familiar spot to Karla Burns. The longtime actress and singer recently reprised the role of the legendary Hattie McDaniel in “Hi Hat Hattie,” by Larry Parr.

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On a recent trip there, Burns approaches the site with reverence and respect.


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