• Gordon Parks Museum

    • Museums & Exhibits
    2108 S. Horton St.
    Fort Scott, KS 66701
    (620) 223-2700 x-5850
    (620) 223-6530 (fax)
    Hours:
    9am-5pm Monday through Friday
    Open other days/hours by appt. for group tours & special events.

    About Us

    Mission
    The mission of the Gordon Parks Museum is to honor the life and work of Gordon Parks, internationally-known photographer, filmmaker, writer, and musician; and to use his remarkable life story read more
    • About

      Mission
      The mission of the Gordon Parks Museum is to honor the life and work of Gordon Parks, internationally-known photographer, filmmaker, writer, and musician; and to use his remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness, and the role of diversity in our lives.

      History
      After Gordon Parks attended the first ever Gordon Parks Celebration in 2004, he gifted the Gordon Parks Center with 30 of his photographs. This spectacular group includes many of his iconic works such as American Gothic, Tuskegee Airmen, Flavio, Ali Sweating, Ingrid Bergman on Stromboli and many others.

      In 2006, after his death, his personal effects and other memorabilia, per Gordon’s wishes, were given to the Museum. This valuable collection included many of his awards and medals, personal photos, paintings and drawings of Gordon, plaques, certificates, diplomas and honorary doctorates, selected books and articles, clothing, record player, tennis racquet, magazine articles, his collection of Life magazines and much more.

      Since that time, more gifts have been given by his family and friends such as his camera, gifted by his daughter Toni Parks; his film camera and tripod, donated by his son David Parks; a collection of photographs of Gordon donated by Patricia DuBose Duncan, and much more. These gifts have made this collection substantive and significant and we are proud of Gordon’s faith in us to preserve and protect his legacy.

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    • Whom to Contact

      • Kirk Sharp
        Executive Director
        Phone: (620) 223-2700 x-5850
    • Directions

      Located inside the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College