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Kansas City Star removes name, image of founder

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The Kansas City Star is removing the name, words and image of the company's founder from its pages and website.

The decision regarding William Rockhill Nelson, the paper's first publisher who died in 1915, came after the publication launched a series investigating its own history.

The coverage found the newspaper had “robbed an entire community of opportunity, dignity, justice and recognition.”

Specifically, the coverage focused on how the paper previously covered — and failed to cover — Black residents of Kansas City. Nelson's support of developer J.C. Nichols enabled the growth of neighborhoods that explicitly banned Black residents, according to the report.

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