Famous Missourians seen at California elementary

The "Famous Missourians Walk of Fame" by fourth graders at the California Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 18, draws a number of students from other classes. Kansas City journalist and Civil Rights advocate Lucille Bluford, center of photo, tells her story, as Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, right, waits for an audience.

The "Famous Missourians Walk of Fame" by fourth graders at the California Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 18, draws a number of students from other classes. Kansas City journalist and Civil Rights advocate Lucille Bluford, center of photo, tells her story, as Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, right, waits for an audience. Photo by John Inman.

Many historical Missouri characters were seen in the fourth grade hallway on Friday, Nov. 18. The "Famous Missourians Walk of Fame" appearances were a part of a fourth grade study section and included both famous and infamous people connected with Missouri.

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Among the famous Missourians in the fourth grade hall "Walk of Fame" are Samuel Clemens, near right. Known as Mark Twain, author Clemens wrote many stories including "Tom Sawyer" set in Hannibal.

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During the famous Missourians event at California Elementary School, a fourth grader portrays Mary Easton Sibley, instrumental in the founding of Lindenwood College.

Each fourth graders selected a character found in Missouri history and appeared "in character" to tell about their persona. The characters represented ranged from recent figures, such as Laura Ingles Wilder, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Sam Walton, Walt Disney, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, James Cash Penney, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Marie Elizabeth Oliver, Lucille Bluford, Kate Chopin, Jessie James and many others.

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Among the famous Missourians seen at the California Elementary School fourth grade "Walk of Fame" event, is Kate Chopin, an 1890's era author of books and short stories.

For more of this story check out the Nov. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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