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