Plaque for "Neck" neighborhood

The Examiner
Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and former residents of the "Neck" gathered Tuesday to dedicate a plaque in McCoy Park that marks the former neighborhood, which was dismantled in the 1960s as part of urban renewal. Some former residents shared their memories of growing up in the neighborhood that had been across from the Truman Library. The plaque reads: "The 'Neck' was interracial neighborhood comprised of working class African Americans and whites since it was platted in the 19th century. The neighborhood thrived in the 20th century and some of its residents worked in the homes of Independence's prominent residents. In 1962, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority determined that this area was blighted and launched an urban renewal project that resulted in the clearance of the homes. Despite attempts by local advocates to stop the destruction of the neighborhood, McCoy Park and Bess Truman Parkway are all that remain of this once vibrant interracial community."